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VOLUME 11, NUMBER 1 



EVANGELISM NUMBER 



JANUARY 1, 1949 



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This is a special Evangelism Num- 
ber of the Hei'ald, featuring the work 
of evangeUsm in the Brethren 
Church. This is made possible be- 
cause there are five Saturdays in 
January, so that the Missionary Her- 
ald Company's editor has all of the 
space in this issue at his disposal. 
The four regular numbers of the 
month will follow in their usual 
order. 

Throughout the month of January 
we are still in the Grace Seminary 
offering period. Be sure that your 
church has a part in the expanding 
ministry of the seminary. 

Encouraging word comes from 
Miss Ruth Snyder (by way of the 
Kittanning church bulletin) : "Please 
thank all the folks in your chuich 
for their prayers. The doctor dis- 
covered a condition he thought might 
keep me from going to Africa. How- 
ever, folks were praying, and by the 
time they gave me the last exam- 
ination they could find nothing 
wrong. They admitted they could 
not explain it. but I believe prayers 
were answered. Am happy to have 
the medical O. K., and now to get 
ready for Africa." 

Rev. Galen Lingenjelter was or- 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

1369 Potomac Ave. S. E.. Washington 3, D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Bo.x 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Chnrle.=; W. Maves 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Vouth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



dained to the ministry at his home 
church in Leamersville, Pa.. Sunday 
afternoon. Dec. 19. Brother Lingen- 
felter is the new pastor at Buena 
Vista, Va. 

Progress is again being made on 
the new church building at Altoona, 
Pa. More bricks have arrived, the 
side walls are up. and the ends are 
going up. 

Rev. John Sansom is the new pas- 
tor of the church in Beaumont, Calif. 

Rev. William Schaffer, pastor at 
Spokane, Wash., was recently elected 
vice president of the Inland Empire 
Association of Evangelicals. 

One of the two young men whose 
pictures appeared on the Nov. 27 is- 
sue of the Herald is Elden D. Unruh, 
a youth minister in Washington State. 
Bro. William Schaffer sends us an- 
other photo of him, clipped from a 
Spokane newspaper, announcing his 
engagement to Miss Dolores Prather. 

The Canton. Ohio, church held a 
reception as a part of the Watch 
Night service for the 23 new mem- 
bers received during 1948. 

Prayer is requested for the evan- 
gelistic meetings at Spokane, Wash.. 
Jan. 2-23. with Rev. R. Paul Miller 
as evangelist. 

This is a good time to check up on 
your church mailing list, to be sure 
that your chuixh bulletins are being 
sent to the Missionary Herald office 
regularly. It will be appreciated if 
you will send them each week, and 
address them to the Company, not 
to any individual. 

The Third Church. Los Angeles. 
Calif., has paid off $15,000 of its 
building debt in three years, also 
paying $4,500 in interest. 

Rei\ R. I. Humherd recently held 
Bible conferences in the Brethren 
churches in South Pasadena and 
Whittier, Calif., in the Eagle Rock 
Baptist Church in Los Angeles, and 
in the City Bible Church of Okla- 
homa City, Okla. He spoke in 19 
States last year. 

Rev. Ralph Colbum, youth direc- 



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Circulation 

Now 7,001 

A year ago 6,514 

Two years ago 5,411 

Three yeai's ago 5,031 



tor, plans to spend the months of 
January and February among the 
California churches and schools, go- 
ing to the Northwest in March. 

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce But- 
ton, Dec. 18. a daughter. Brother 
Button is a seminary student from 
Kittanning. Pa., and plans to engage 
in Jewish evangelism upon his grad- 
uation. 

The New Troy, Mich., church re- 
ports 45 in prayer meeting recently. 

Rev. George Peek, pastor of the 
Second Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
is reported to be improving in health, 
but still unable to take charge of 
the Sunday services. Chaplain Don- 
ald Carter and Rev. and Mrs. C. B. 
Sheldon are among those who have 
supplied the pulpit. 

Rev. Allen Fast is improving in 
health and strength. Both he and 
Mrs. Fast are working at present. 
On Sundays he supplies pulpits un- 
der the direction of the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles. He is looking 
forward to a Brethren pastoi'ate 
now that he is again able to under- 
take such work. 

Rev. Russell D. Barnard's tract on 
Cluirch Ordinances is being reprint- 
ed. Prices for this new edition will 
be announced soon. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt's second book, 
"All Things 'Whatsoever I Have 
Commanded You." has gone to press. 
Prices will be announced in an early 
issue of the Herald. 

This week's cover was drawn by 
B7-0. L. Joseph Dombek, member of 
the Winona Lake church. His serv- 
ices as a Christian artist are avail- 
able to all our churches. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionarv Herald Co., Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 100 
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Evangelism Today Is— 

A RACE AGAINST TIME 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER, Berne, Ind. 



"Say not ye, There are yet four 
months, and then cometh harvest? 
behold, I say unto you. Lift up your 
eyes, and look on the fields; for they 
are white already to harvest" (John 
4:35). 

Whether there is to be a wide- 
spread revival previous to our Lord's 
return or not, any program for 
reaching men for Christ today is a 
race against time. I have met with 
ministerial groups all over this land 
in recent months and there seems to 
be a uniform conviction that not 
only Fundamentalists, but all reli- 
gious bodies are in for some tremen- 
dous changes and upheavals in the 
very near future. 

There is a steady increase in the 
number of closed churches in the 
larger denominations. There is a 
shortage of thousands of preachers. 



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with one denomination having 3,000 
empty pulpits. Less than one out 
of 18 Americans attends church 
services. Earl Browder, head of the 
Communist Party in America, tes- 
tified under oath before the Un- 
American Activities Committee of 
Congress that 8,000 Protestant 
preachers are now active members 
of the Communist Party in this 
country. And now this same con- 
gressional committee has issued its 
report revealing that Communism is 
well entrenched in at least one of 
the largest denominations. It has 
become the conviction of many well- 
informed preachers that an early 
turn to bitter criticism, if not out- 
right repudiation of the Protestant 
churches as a whole as being treach- 
erous and detrimental to the gen- 
eral national good, is not far away. 
Sober reflection concludes that any 
real reaching of men for Christ is 
already a race against time. 



Several other developments add to 
this. The Roman Catholic admin- 
istration in this country is now put- 
ting on an intensive drive to seize 
the religious leadership in this land. 
Such an achievement will immedi- 
ately multiply the hindrances and 
restrictions against the liberty Prot- 
estants have enjoyed since the na- 
tion was founded. Protestants have 
been sitting idle during the long 
years of religious freedom. 

I have just spoken to a true min- 
ister of the Gospel who told me of 
a Roman Catholic conclave which he 
recently attended in Kansas City. 
With his own ears he heard their 
resolutions to evangelize every vil- 
lage and hamlet and town in the 
entire Middle West at once. Per- 
sonnel is to be drawn from the 
priesthood and from many highly 
trained Roman Catholic societies of 
laymen. Their plans involve the 
outlay of millions of dollars which 
they already have on hand. Liter- 
ature is already circulating in these 
States. Their workers are already 
on the march, going two and two 
from house to house. Mission cam- 
paigns are being held already. My 
friend said they openly boasted that 
the Protestants once had the dom- 
ination of the great States of Texas, 
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, 
Missouri, Arkansas, and Nebraska, 
but have lost their opportunity and 
now the Catholics are going to take 
them. This is no dream. It is al- 
ready under way. 

This great section of our land is 
by all means the most neglected part 
of America. It is a religious zero. 
It could right now be swung in any 
direction. The Romanists know this. 
Right now, a strong and able pro- 
gram of evangelism that would not 
have to depend wholly upon local 
financial support, could win literally 
hundreds of thousands to Christ to- 
day. To be able to go into hundreds 
of these religiously neglected towns, 
set up a tent, and put on a real cam- 
paign for several weeks, six. eight, 



or ten if necessary, would bring in a 
lavish harvest. Churches could be 
established in a fraction of the time 
usually required. There is wealth 
from oil, and grain farming that is 
unlimited, but now it is flowing in 
channels of sin. 

Once more, we are in a race 
against time. It is late. In our 
greatest era of prosperity we, as a 
people, have been using our wealth 
largely for gratification of the flesh 
and not for the first work God left 
us on the earth to do f o r Him. 
Evangelize, evangelize quickly. We 
are in a race against time. 

The atom bomb speaks a stern 
warning of an early and world-wide 
catastrophe. Herbert Elliston, of the 
Washington Post, last year warned 
the nations of the world that there 
were but five years of grace left to 



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this present civilization before dis- 
aster strikes through the atom bomb. 
Professor Einstein, chairman of the 
committee on education appointed 
by the Association of American 
Scientists to try to prevent misuse 
of atomic energy to human destruc- 
tion, in a recent letter published, de- 
clared that the next war will un- 
doubtedly be an atomic war, and will 
likely wipe out two-thirds of earth's 
people. Dr. Einstein is not noted 
for making extravagant statements 
on scientific questions. There are 
many other scientists whose state- 
ments are at hand as I write this, 
among them the very men who as- 
sisted in development of the atomic 
bomb, who do not hesitate to de- 
clare that they believe this present 
civilization is short-lived if some 
means is not soon found to stop the 
course of human events. 

We could add to these stern warn- 

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January 1, 1949 



BRETHREN EVANGELISM- 

THEN AND NOW 



By REV. D. F. EIKENBERRY, Yakima, Wash. 



It has been requested of the writer 
to make some comparisons of Breth- 
ren evangelism of 50 years ago with 
that of today. 

The Brethren Church of the pres- 
ent time is amazingly more mission- 
ary minded than it was at the turn 
of the century. But evangelism, as 
thought of at present, was on the 
crest of church life, notwithstanding 
the churches were young, and many 
pastors were not fully prepared, as 
we think of preparations today. Their 
love for the Lord and belief in the 
Book were their greatest prepara- 
tion. And so must it be today, if we 
are to be evangelistic. 

History will verify the statement 
that when one great truth is empha- 
sized constantly, in time other truths 
will lag. So it has been with our 
evangelistic efforts. It seems diiB- 
cult to hold the balance. 

In that early day our pastors and 
churches looked forward with great 
interest and fervor to the next re- 
vival, or protracted meetings as they 
were usually called. It was consid- 
ered the great church event of the 
year. 

No church or pastor would con- 
sider continuing the services for less 
time than three weeks, and for good 
reasons. It often was said that dur- 
ing the first week the preaching def- 
initely dealt with the members (and 



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it did), the second week with (he 
unsaved (preaching judgment), the 
last week with the harvest (preach- 
ing the love of God). It worked, and 
as a principle of procedure, no bet- 
ter program can be devised. 

Furthermore, sometimes these 
meetings continued longer than 
three weeks because the fervor and 
leading of the Holy Spirit justified a 
week or more addition. The pres- 
ent practice of only two weeks is a 



mistake. It is a trick of the devil. 
Two weeks is too short, even with 
earnest prayer and strong doctrinal 
preaching, to break down the mighty 
Satanic resistance in the hearts of 
people during these days of appall- 
ing militant apostasy. 

During January and part of Feb- 
ruary of 1912, the writer and his 
congregation at Canton, Ohio, had a 
part in a great union evangelistic 
effort held by Rev. Billy Sunday. 
This campaign lasted six weeks. If 
that meeting had closed in two 
weeks it would have been a fizzle. 




REV. D. F. EIKENBERRY 

regardless of the great preparations 
that were made. If it had closed in 
three weeks, only a f e w hundred 
would have been saved. B u t it 
lasted six weeks, and scores and 
scores, and hundreds more were led 
to Christ, and the city and county 
were shaken to great depths because 
the meetings lasted six weeks, giving 
time for men to think and God and 
the Word to grow the harvest. 

Then, in those earlier days of 
evangelistic fervor, the Brethi'en 
ministry was not afraid nor embar- 
rassed to preach out loud our dis- 
tinctive denominational faith, as well 
as preaching against personal sin, 
proclaiming a separated life, judg- 
ment to come, and God's grace. 
Brethren faith was taught in public 
and private so forcefully that when 
an individual made public confes- 
sion it was taken for granted that he 



intended to unite with the Brethren 
Church. And they did. Baptism 
never was put off for weeks await- 
ing some sweet convenient time. 

No doubt the answer to why some 
of our churches report small attend- 
ance to the three-fold communion 
services is found in the lukewarm 
presentations of these great Bible 
practices to our people. And more- 
over, without question, therein is to 
be found the answer why often many 



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confessions are reported, but few 
are received into the church by bap- 
tism. To John the Baptist Jesus 
said. "Suffer it to be so now: for 
thus it becometh us to fulfil all 
righteousness." As a principle and 
practice we dare not yield to less. 

Then again, no church or pastor 
would permit a minister or evange- 
list of another faith to conduct the 
revival for the one big reason that 
he did not believe in all of our 
church doctrines. They would have 
considered him, no doubt, to be a 
Christian, but not one who accepts 
all the Gospel teachings. So, they 
reasoned, and correctly, why secui'e 
such a man, and by so doing weaken 
our accepted Scriptural position in 
the minds of our members, and the 
community in general? 

Also, many of the pastors often 
held their own evangelistic ineet- 
ings. This practice is important, and 
has many real commendable fea- 
tures to the great advantage of both 
pastor and congregation. Folks are 
thus reached, inany times as a fruit 
of months of definite teaching by 
the pastor. They then belong to 
him. People never forget under 
whose preaching they accepted the 
Lord and were baptized. They be- 
come stars in his crown. 

Many men are not only good pas- 
tors, but also good evangelists. Any- 
wav. that used to be true. 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 




EVANGELISM 




WHY ARE WE NOT EXPERIENCING A GREAT REVIVAL TODAY? 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 



A true revival cannot be bought 
with money, brought about by wide- 
spread advertising, by the obtaining 
of an evangelist with a great name, 
nor by a thrilling musical program. 
Revival is a personal thing. There is 
such a thing as a "one-man revival." 
Any genuine Christian can carry 
about a revival in his own heart all 
the time. Every time you touch 
such a person you feel the stirring 
of heaven, hell, and issues of eter- 
nity. When many such individuals 
work together in a community, you 
have a wave of revival that will 
sweep scores into salvation. Two 
things characterize the people whom 
God uses in great revivals: first, 
they give themselves to winning 
souls and secondly, they have 
broken hearts. 

In that classic prayer of the bur- 
dened hearted disciples in Acts 4:29 
they cried, "Lord . . . grant . . . thy 
servants . . . boldness." They did 
not plan for someone else to bear 
the witness for Christ in face of the 
terrible persecution they were then 
suffering. They didn't pray, "Lord, 
send someone else to do the job"; 
they were going themselves, feeling 
it was their responsibility, and they 
sought power for the task. The true 
soul-winner today will not pray, 
"Lord, send somebody to win my 
neighbor to Christ," but "Lord, I am 
going over right now, only go with 
me." When the real leadership of 
the church feels that the revival is 
for others, that others need to get to 
agonizing prayer, that others need 
to go out and bring their cars full 
to the meetings, that others need to 
confess their sin or shortcomings as 
Christians, while they themselves sit 
aside as a special class who don't 
need to be revived because they are 
such fine folks, and who only need 
to just look on; I say, when the real 
leadership of a church bears that 
attitude, you might just as well lock 
the front door and take down the 
sign. There will be no revival there. 
The Spirit of God will pass you by. 

The officers of any church should 
be the first ones on their knees. They 



should be examples of soul-winning 
to the whole congregation. When 
the leaders of any church are not 
spiritual persons, that church is in 
bad hands. The first quality that 
should recommend any man for an 
official position in the church of 
Jesus Christ should not be because 
he is a good business man, or ad- 
ministrator in the world's affairs, 
but because he is spiritual. 

It is when the church members, 
from the trustees down to the young- 
est member of the church, simply 
lay everything else aside and per- 
sonally give themselves to the work 
of seeing that souls are saved in 
that meeting that you will have a 
revival. Their prayer should be, 
"Lord, I am willing to be the spear- 
head in this battle to win this town 
for Christ. I am willing to be a 
sacrifice to roll back the tide of sin. 
I am ready to take my share of per- 



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secution for Christ's sake. Don't let 
me have empty hands when Jesus 
comes." When the church members 
start going up and down the streets 
of the city with love and tears seek- 
ing souls of young and old for Christ. 
all the devils in hell can't prevent a 
revival. Any congregation can have 
a great revival when they are ready 
to pay the price. They must give 
themselves. 

But winning souls cannot be done 
in a spirit of professionalism. "As 
soon as Zion travailed, she brought 
forth her chOdren." Vacuum clean- 
ers, toothpaste, and farm tractors can 
be sold in a matter-of-fact, cold, 
business-like way, but souls can't 
be won that way. Reason and argu- 
ment are sufficient to get a man to 
let go of his money to buy an article 
he can use, without ever touching 
him personally. But the soul-win- 
ner is seeking to change the man's 
entire life, his attitude toward God, 
his attitude toward Christ, a repu- 



diation of his sins, a forsaking of his 
bad habits that he enjoys so much, a 
changing of all his friends in sin, a 
transformation of his home and bus- 
iness life, and in order to do this, 
you must reach his heart. This can't 
he done ivith cold argument. It 
takes the power of the Holy Spirit 
to drive home the convicting truth 
of your testimony, and the softening 
work of the love of Christ in the 
soul-winner's own heart. The Psalm- 
ist had the secret in Psalm 126: 6, 
"He that goeth forth and weepeth, 
bearing precious seed, shall doubt- 
less come again with rejoicing, bring- 
ing his sheaves with him." 

The soul-winner who goes forth 
watering the fields with his tears is 
the one who will come home with 
his arms full of sheaves in the har- 
vest. The soul-winner's tears don't 
need to be shed, but they must be 
felt, and deeply. You must have the 
heartbreak of Calvary in your breast 
if you are going to make others feel 
their need of Jesus. 

A few years ago in a meeting 
there was a father who was a wid- 
ower, with a worldly, willful, head- 
strong daughter. Her father had 
pled with her, argued with her, 
warned her of the dire consequences 
of her sinful life. Nothing touched 
her. One night after the meeting 
he went home. He tried to sleep and 
couldn't. He got up and walked 
downstairs. His heart was in agony 
because of worry over his daughter. 
Finally he went out and fell on his 
knees behind the barn and wept and 
cried to God for his daughter's soul. 
At the next service, to the surprise 
of many, the girl was present. No 
sooner was the invitation given than 
the girl started down the aisle, 
broken and penitent. She was saved 
that day. A real revival broke out 
and scores were saved. But it all 
started in that father's broken heart. 
God give us preachers and people 
with broken hearts, hearts that can- 
not bear to see lost men and women 
going to hell without doing some- 
thing about it. Then we will have 
a great revival! 



January 1, 7949 



Evangelize by the Word- 




How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




THE BOOK OF ACTS AS IT CONCERNS THE TRANSITION BETWEEN LAW AND GRACE 

By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 



With the death and resurrection 
of Christ, the age of grace began. 
With the dawning of that new age, 
God was sufficiently gracious with 
those who had spent a portion of 
their lifetime in the age of law to 
give them a time for adjustment. We 
can never comprehend the full im- 
port and place in God's program 
which the book of Acts holds unless 
we consider it in the light of this 
transition. 

Several principles concerning the 
book of Acts should engage our at- 
tention as we see the important place 
it holds in the New Testament 
canon. 

1. The book of Acts carries out 
the principle that God often gives 
revelation first through men's ex- 
perience and later through written 
revelation. This principle was seen 
when the giving of the law to the 
nation of Israel was channeled 
through the experience of the man 
Moses. It is also seen when the 
testimonies concerning Christ's deity 
and Messiahship were seen first in 
the life, teaching, and miracles of 
Christ before these things were writ- 
ten down on paper. Likewise, in the 



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book of Acts we see the experience 
of the baptism of the Holy Spirit 
and the filling of the Holy Spirit 
before the explanation of these 
truths is given in writing. 

2. The book of Acts, sometimes 
called the Acts of the Apostles, 
could be more accurately named the 
Acts of the Holy Spirit. Within the 
book we find the historical events 
between the resurrection of Christ 
and the Day of Pentecost as well as 
those following Pentecost. Yet, the 
key event of the entire book is Pen- 



tecost. On that day the Holy Spirit 
took up His abode on the earth in 
the lives of believers. Whereas He 
came upon certain believers in the 
Old Testament, since Pentecost He 
dwells in all believers, even in the 
new company, the Church which is 
His body. 

3. The book of Acts had a spe- 
cial relationship to the Jewish peo- 
ple. Pentecost was a Jewish feast 
day. As the feast of Pentecost came 
fifty days after the feast of the Pass- 
over, so the Day of Pentecost came 
fifty days after the crucifixion of 
Christ. The second chapter of the 
book, given over to the story of Pen- 
tecost, deals entirely with Jewish 
believers. Up to that time God had 
not yet shown in history that the 
gentile believers were to be fellow - 
citizens with the Jewish believers. 

4. The book of Acts is the histor- 
ical record of the work of God in 
believers who for the first time 
looked backward to the death and 
resurrection of Christ. The events 
in the book of Acts took place be- 
fore the New Testament had been 
completed. The book of Acts covers 
that period of time during which 
God had given authority to the apos- 
tles. Their word was final, even as 
today the truths of the New Testa- 
ment, written with paper and ink, 
are final. 

5. The book of Acts is the histor- 
ical record of the commission given 
to the apostles in Mark 16:16-18. Of 
all the signs so set forth in this com- 
mission, only one fails to be men- 
tioned in the book of Acts — the 
drinking of poison. We have no 
reason to doubt but that this was 
fulfilled along with the other signs. 
From Hebrews 2: 4 we learn that the 
message of the Gospel was confirmed 
in the lives of the apostles. "God 
also bearing them witness, both with 
signs and wonders, and with divers 
miracles, and gifts of the Holy 
Ghost, according to his own will." 



It is not surprising that miracles 
were performed by t h e apostles. 
These signs and wonders were nec- 
essary to prove their authority. In 
our day we need to turn to no man 
for authority. The authority is found 
in the completed New Testament. 

6. The book of Acts very care- 
fully follows the pattern set forth in 
Acts 1:8. God's people, redeemed 
through the finished sacrifice on Cal- 
vary, were to be witnesses for Chiist 
in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, 
and then to the uttermost part of 



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the earth. The first seven chapters 
of the book of Acts tells the story 
of the Gospel to the Jew first, even 
as Romans 1:16 affirms. This fulfills 
the statement made in Acts 1:8 that 
the message is to be given to Jeru- 
salem and Judea, that is, to the Jew 
first. The eighth chapter of Acts 
tells the story of the Gospel being 
taken to Samaria. The Samaritans 
were the people who had descended 
fro:n the ten tribes of the north. 
They probably could not be classi- 
fied accurately as Jew or gentile. 
Still their souls were precious in the 
sight of the Lord and the Gospel was 
to be taken to them. This was done 
by Philip. 

In the tenth chapter of Acts we 
find that for the first time, accord- 
ing to the book, the Gospel was given 
to the gentiles. From that chapter to 
the close of the book, Paul gives 
most of his attention to the gentiles. 
This is in fulfillment of Acts 1:8, 
"unto the uttermost part of the 
earth." 

7. The book of Acts is a book of 
history. In it we read the events 

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Evangelize America's Youth — 




YOUTH RAGE 1 






'R^LPW COLBURn -NcHono/ Vou/A D/rec/or 



.■SXiwaeK-,^ 




WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 

(Beginning a new seriea oj articles of practical nature for young people) 



If you were the only Christian you 
knew of in your school, or office, or 
shop, and you felt the need of Chris- 
tian fellowship there, but also felt 
that there was none, and that you 
stood alone, what would you do? 

Well, in the first place, don't get 
discouraged. You may not know of 
any other Christians there, or any- 
one friendly to Christianity, but it is 
a rare case when you stand com- 
pletely alone. Maybe you just 
haven't found any other Christians. 
Remember Elijah? At one time he 
thought he was the only one true 
to God in all the land of Israel. But 
God told him that He had 7,000 who 
had not yet deserted Him for Baal. 
Your situation may be like that; you 
just don't know who are Christians. 
They may be as timid about reveal- 
ing their faith as you are. 

But how are you going to find 
these Christians? You can't go 



"United for Soul-Winning" — 



around asking everyone, "Are you 
a Chi-istian?" At least, that's prob- 
ably not the best way. But you can 
live a real Christian life, and can 
witness for Christ. And you'll prob- 
ably find that there are other Chris- 
tians of whom you did not know. 
And they'll be attracted to you by 
your testimony. Another good way 
is to carry a pocket Testament or 
Bible with you, and take time out 
during lunch hour, or other occa- 
sions, to read it in the sight of 
others. Don't make a great show of 
it, but read it openly, and curiosity 
will prompt someone to see what 
you're reading. And another real 
Christian will spot that Testament 
right away. More than once I've 
sat down beside a person reading 
the Bible on a street car, because 



If you have been following the 
B.Y.F. financial plan, suggested 
at Camp Bethany and in the Mis- 
sionary Herald, 9/25/48, now is 
the time to send in your first 
quarter's offerings. Send to Ger- 
ald Polman, treasurer, 239 Meyers 
Ave., Meyersdale, Pa. Be sure to 
designate that it is for National 
B.Y.F. 



I felt he was a Christian, and we 
could have some good fellowship, 
even if we had never met before. 

And if there are no Christians in 
your school or shop, this kind of 
testimony will help you win some to 
Christ. When people know you are 
a real Christian, and you read your 
Bible a lot, they'll want to talk to 
you when they're in trouble, and 
you'll have many chances for real 
witnessing. There's no greater joy 
than that of winning your friends to 
Christ. 

When you find these new Chris- 
tian friends, or make new Christians, 
plan things together. Read your 
Bibles together, and discuss the 
meaning of passages. Learn verses 
together. It's more fun, and there's 
greater incentive to faithfulness 
when you're doing things like this 
together. Have lunch together, and 
plan some of your social activities 
together, too. And that way you 
can be a real help to each other. 

There are a couple things you'll 
need to watch however. Don't be 
so exclusive that others who are not 
Christians will shun you. Nothing 
hinders a testimony more than a 
"holier-than-thou" attitude. Invite 
your non-Christian friends to share 
some of these activities with you, 
and maybe you can whet their appe- 
tite for spiritual things in this way. 
Show them by your life and activi- 
ties that being a Christian is fun, 
and knowing the Lord in a real way 



is advantageous, in this life as well 
as the next. 

Another thing, don't let these 
friendships at school or work, which 
may be with young people of other 
churches, interfere with your faith- 
fulness and activity at your own 
church. But on the other hand, 
don't let your own church love and 
interests blind your eyes to the fact 
that all the fine Christians do not 
have the Brethren label. You can 
develop a real balance in this, as in 
other things in your Christian life. 



"5,000 Souls for Christ"- 



NEWS NOTES 

The Atlantic District Youth Rally 
was held in Philadelphia, Thanks- 
giving week-end, with Brother Stef- 
fler and his people of the Third 
Church as gracious hosts. About 70 
young people were housed over- 
night. A message from the youth 
director, fine music from each 
church, a trip to Philadelphia's 
"push-button museum," and a ban- 
quet at Third Church, were the main 
events. Good fellowship was en- 
joyed, and real blessings experi- 
enced. Bill Smith, of Washington, 
is this district's B.Y.F. president. 

Charles Taber was the highest of 
three students on the dean's list tor 
scholastic honors at Bryan Univer- 
sity this fall. Charles is son of Dr. 
Floyd Taber, missionary to Africa. 
Four other Brethren students were 
among the top 10 per cent of the 
student body, scholastically. They 
are: Ross King, of Peru; Marjorie 
Miller, of Winona Lake; George 
Cone, of Danville; and Norma Kon- 
ves, of Mansfield. 

About forty Brethren students are 
in Bob Jones University this year, 
and it was my privilege to meet 
with them recently. Sorry, though, 
the black-and-white pictures taken 

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January 1, 1949 



Evangelize Through Trained Leadership — 




BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 



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CHARLES W. MAYES 



Bible teacher, evangelist, pastor, 
church builder, editor, youth worker, 
— it is difficult to classify Dr. Charles 
W. Mayes, pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 
His ministry in the Brethren Church 
has been outstanding in each of 
these fields of service. 

Born at Sullivan, Ohio, Feb. 17, 
1901, Brother Mayes was reared in 
a godly farm home. His boyhood 
hobbies were making mechanical 
gadgets of wood and metal, and play- 
ing tuba or trombone in the old 
town band (and nine other bands). 
Incidentally, he organized and di- 
rected the first band at Ashland Col- 
lege. 

His conversion came at the age of 
10, during a revival meeting at the 
Congregational church in Sullivan. 
He went home from the meeting one 
night rebellious, but while lying on 
the couch behind the stove he de- 
termined to be the first one out for 
salvation the next night. He kept 
his promise. 

After he was saved he attended 
church regularly, but did not under- 
stand much of the Word of God until 
he was 20. However, his surrender 
to the Lord for full-time service 
came during this period. One day, 
while in the silo getting feed for the 
cattle, tremendous pressure came 
upon him. He fell to his knees and 
told the Lord he would do anything 



—"5,000 Souls for Christ" 



He wanted him to do, and the bur- 
den lifted. 

His baptism by trine immersion 
resulted from his studies in college 
and the conviction that this was 
God's way. He was baptized by 
Rev. H. W. Koontz, in the river east 
of Ashland. 



Brother Mayes received his col- 
lege education at Oberlin, Kent 
State, and Ashland. The honorai'y 
Doctor of Divinity degree was grant- 
ed to him by the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles in 1947. 

Following his ordination at the 
national conference in 1924, Charles 
Mayes became pastor of the church 
in Lanark, 111. In 1927 he took 
charge of the work in Des Moines. 
Iowa, and the following year began 
his seven-year pastorate in Whittier, 
Calif. His successful ministry there 
was interrupted by the urgent call to 





DR. C. W. MAYES 

become editor of Brethren publica- 
tions at Ashland, in which position 
he remained for nearly four years. 
During this time he became part- 
time pastor of a little non-denom- 
inational mission in Ashland. After 
he was "eliminated" from the edi- 
torship, he gave his full time to this 
mission church. During his ministry 
there the church was enlarged three 
times and became self-supporting, 
with no aid from any board, national 
or district. From this, the West 
Tenth Street Brethren Church of 
Ashland, more than 30 young people 
have gone to prepare for full-time 
Christian service. 

No doubt it was the urge to pio- 
neer again that led Brother Mayes 
to undertake a new work in South 
Pasadena, Calif., in 1944. This be- 
came the Fremont Avenue Brethren 
Church. In 1946 he was called to 



the pastorate of the largest Brethren 
church in the United States, the First 
Church, Long Beach. 

His other activities include dozens 
of revival meetings and Bible con- 
ferences, teaching at the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles, being a mem- 
ber of the Foreign Mission Board, 



-"United for Soul-Winning" 



and leading in the organization of 
the first Brethren day school. 

Mrs. Mayes, the former Marjorie 
Grace Stone, came from Nova, Ohio. 
She has been active in W. M. C, 
S. M. M., and Bible school work. 
They have three children: John 
Wallace, 23, who plans on the min- 
istry; Vivian Ruselle, 18: and How- 
ard William, 12. 

Dr. Mayes is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 
weighs 180 pounds, has blue eyes 
and brown hair. 



THE MISSING NOTE 

We have heard some Fundamental 
teachers say that repentance was the 
message for Israel in connection with 
the Davidic kingdom offer of Christ, 
but that it is not a part of the Gospel 
for this present age. We regret such 
extremes which take their rise in 
this "postponed kingdom" theory, for 
we feel the results are often spirit- 
ually disastrous. 

The dropping of the note of re- 
pentance in much of our modern 
preaching may account for the lack 
of conviction which we used to wit- 
ness under the preachers of an ear- 
lier day. If repentance is a godly 
sorrow for sin and a true turning to 
Him in the utter forsaking of sin, 
surely this was never more needed 
than today. — Prophecy Monthly. 



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By Way of Introduction . . . 







> 



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R. PAUL MILLER B. N. SCHNEIDER 
Secretary Vice President 



JESSE B. DELOE 
Treasurer 



C. H. ASHMAN W. A. STEFFLER 




We are 


glad to 


show the pictures of 


our new Board 


of Evangelism to- 


getber 


with a 


message from Bro. 


Owen E 


Hacker 


(not pictured), pres- 




ident of the Board. 




A. R. KRIEGBAUM 

It will take a lot of praying for, 
cooperating with, and giving to this 
new Board of Evangelism before it 
will be a success. The scope of the 
work laid out for it is so tremendous 
as to stagger the stoutest heart. 
The nine* men on this board can- 
not do it alone. The establishment 
of this Board of Evangelism on a 
nation-wide scale is one of the nec- 
essary things that our National Fel- 
lowship has needed for many years 

With our statistician's report al- 
most every year signifying a near 
standstill in the national member- 
ship, it is evident that we have acted 



none too soon. The work of the 
Board of Evangelism will first of all 
bring together all of our laymen into 
a nation-wide movement to harness 
their mighty combined potential 
possibilities in reaching lost men. 
It will purify our people, increase 
our membership, establish new con- 
gregations, promote a new sense of 
nation-wide cooperation, enlarge our 
giving to all the work, and discharge 
our responsibility to our country. 

Without the prayers, finances, and 
cooperation of every Brethren per- 
son in this country, our board is 
going to be seriously handicapped in 



GLENN O'NEAL 

doing the work God expects of us. 
If we as Brethren will water, nour- 
ish, and cooperate, God will give the 
increase. But if we do not cooperate 
to the fullest extent, the blessings 
that increase brings will not be ours. 
We as members of the Board of 
Evangelism ask all of you to pray 
that the proper plans and decisions 
be made in the successful establish- 
ment of this critical work. We will 
need prayer every day of the year. 
Owen E. Hacker, 
President of the Board. 

[*One man, Stewart McClellan, of 
Long Beach, was unable to serve.] 



LA VERNE.. CALIF. 

The La Verne church enjoyed re- 
cently a fine Homecoming with serv- 
ices aU day. The pastor, Rev. Con- 
ard Sandy, brought the first message, 
entitled, "Homesickness," with spe- 
cial music by Mrs. Etta McMahan, 
a former pianist in the church for 
many years. 

At noon tables were set for a real 
fellowship dinner, crowded with 
families from far and near. After 
this, all gathered in the auditorium, 



hymns were sung, selected by those 
who had been members for 40 years 
or more. Several were charter 
members. 

There were interesting reminis- 
cences by former pastors. Rev. Her- 
bert Tay, Rev. Archie Lynn, Rev. 
Don Carter, and Dr. Kenneth Mon- 
roe. Rev. Edward Bowman gave a 
blessed study on heaven. The prom- 
ises given in God's wonderful Word 
truly made us long for the time 
to come to go home to heaven. 



At the close of the day, Bro. Don 
Carter told of his experiences as 
chaplain in an Army prison camp, 
using as his subject, "A Wider Out- 
look," and all felt he has indeed 
been called to a wide field of service 
for the Lord, and we pray God to 
bless him as he goes to Japan. 

La Verne Brethren Church is 
looking forward to her fiftieth anni- 
versary and to entertaining the Na- 
tional Brethren Conference in 1950, 
Mrs. Myrtle Fox. 



January 1, 1949 



News of Evangelism in the Churches 



FLORA, IND. 

The Grace Brethren Church at 
Flora, Ind., experienced a definite 
revival under the ministry of Rev. 
R. Paul Miller in an evangelistic 
campaign, October 10 to 31. Rev. 
Robert Ashman was the song leader 
and director of the Children's Happy 
Hour. The musical program under 
his direction and also the work with 
the boys and girls played a real part 
in the success of the campaign. 

I am convinced of the value of 
extending an evangelistic campaign 
beyond the usual two weeks. The 
end of the second week saw condi- 
tions as they so often are at the 
close of a meeting — ^the interest was 
high, the believers were concerned 
over lost souls and were praying 
and witnessing, but there were few 
decisions. In the third week a har- 
vest was reaped that otherwise may 
not have been touched. Sixteen souls 
were saved and 24 believers con- 
fessed sin and got right with God. 
Some of these renewals are as val- 
uable to the church as new converts 
would be. 

Whole families were saved or re- 
claimed. Family altars have been 
established in a number of homes, 
including those of new converts. 
Sin has been forsaken by believers 
and new converts. There is a hun- 
gering after righteousness. Many of 
the members of the church see that 
there is a vital relationship with the 
Lord that they have never experi- 
enced, even though some of them 
have been saved for years, and their 
hearts are longing for it now. 

The people are praying as I have 
never seen people pray before. There 
is a burden, there is an earnestness, 
a i-eal laying hold of God. 

A group of our men have had a 
prayer meeting each Tuesday night 
for over a year. That meeting is 
continuing, with the attendance 
doubled. A group of the women 
meet now on the same night at a 
different home. The ladies have 
come together of their own accord 
because of a burden for prayer. 
Twenty-five to thirty ineet in the 
two groups. 

The midweek prayer meeting has 
averaged 64 through November. 
Eighty-nine were present last night 



(Nov. 25) for the prayer meeting. 
The attendance in all the Sunday 
services has increased considerably. 

On November 7 another lady con- 
fessed Christ as her Saviour, and 19 
were baptized. All these will be :e- 
ceived into the church. 

This revival has been the work of 
God in answer to prayer. In the 
prayer meetings of the church v,'e 
had been asking God for a I'evival. 
The preachers of the district m^et 
here for two days of prayer the first 
week of the meetings. Much prayer 
was offered for the local work. The 
congregation came under a prayer 
burden early in the meeting. Men 
and woinen began to pray whom I 
had never heard pray before. The 
first Saturday of the campaign was 
a day of fasting and prayer. Battles 
were won in a number of hearts that 
night when we came together to 
pray. 

God has shown us the price of 
revival and many have been willing 
to pay the price and meet the re- 
quirements. God then has worked. 

The entire congregation is deeply 
grateful to Brother Miller for the 
blessing and inspiration that he has 
been to us. God wonderfully worked 
through him here. His humbleness, 
his earnest prayer life, and his con- 
suming passion for souls were large- 
ly responsible for the work of God 
in our hearts. He has held a num- 
ber of meetings here in Flora, and 
the better we know him the more 
we love him. 

May God bring all of us to the 
end of self and to the fullness of 
the power of the indwelling Christ. 
"O Lord, revive thy work." — Mark 
Malles, pastor. 



This was the fourth revival that 
the Lord has allowed me to hold in 
Flora, and the third since the Grace 
Brethren Church was organized in 
1940. I believe it was the best of all 
of thein. I used to be prejudiced 
against the idea of an evangelist 
returning to the same community 
year after year. Experience has 
been teaching to the contrary, at 
least in my work. This same result 
has been realized in quite a number 
of other fields. They are increasing 
right along. It seems that a people 



get used to an evangelist's methods 
and message and they are able to 
cooperate from the start. Anyway, 
it has been working. It did at Flora. 

In any revival, the success de- 
pends largely upon the preparatory 
work done by the pastor, and the 
spirit which dwells in his own heart. 
Bro. Mark Malles had done every- 
thing that a pastor could do to have 
things in condition for a successful 
meeting. 

Undoubtedly, a real factor in the 
start of this meeting was the two- 
day meeting in Flora held by the 
ministers of the district for nothing 
but prayer and the seeking of the 
will of God in our lives. The in- 
fluence of that meeting could hardly 
be measured. It was a tremendous 
contribution to the meeting any way 
it is viewed. 

We have never seen the Flora 
congregation lifted to such a high 
plane of spiritual experience and 
unity as during this campaign. The 
prominence given to prayer un- 
doubtedly was the main factor in 
this achievement. We believe the 
result will be lasting. The same 
tidal wave of the Spirit that brings 
souls to Christ also lifts the believer 
closer to his brother and to his Lord. 

The splendid work of Bro. Bob 
Ashman as song leader and chil- 
dren's worker could not be improved 
upon. God has a future for him in 
this field, I believe. The tireless 
leadership of the pastor in personal 
visitation was a joy to me and no 
small part of the harvest. It was a 
great meeting. — R. Paul Miller, 
eimngelist. 



-"5.000 Souls for Christ"- 



COVINGTON, VA. 

On Sunday night, Nov. 28, we 
closed our fall evangelistic service 
with Rev. Orville A. Lorenz, of Day- 
ton, as our evangelist. From the 
beginning, interest and attendance 
were quite good, although the meet- 
ings were held during the hunting 
season for deer and some of the 
time the weather was not good. 
Certainly everyone was pleased with 



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the good Bible messages which were 
splendidly given by our evangelist 
over the radio as well as at church. 
Most every day while here Brother 
Lorenz spoke over the radio and we 
believe much good was done for our 
church and for the Lord's glory. 

There were five first-time deci- 
sions and many rededications. We 
are certain that our church people 
have been strengthened, are more 
united, and we, as well as many 
others, have been blessed from these 
services. We do praise the Lord for 
the good work done by Brother 
Lorenz while in our midst. — Lee 
Crist, pastor. 



It was my happy privilege to serve 
as the evangelist in a two-weeks 
meeting with the First Brethren 
Church at Covington, Va. I feel 
that the Lord was good to us during 
the entire meeting, giving us ex- 
cellent interest and attendance. 

It was a real joy to work with the 
pastor of the Covington church, Rev. 
Lee Crist. The hospitality of Rev. 
and Mrs. Crist's home knew no 
bounds. He is one of our hard- 
working pastors and one who is re- 
spected and loved by the people of 
his congregation. He is well liked 
and admired in the entire commu- 
nity. The church is known through- 
out the city for the Gospel it 
preaches and for its excellent at- 
tendance record. 

The church at Covington has a 
wonderful spirit. The membership 
has a fine church interest and loy- 
alty. At the present time they are 
united in building a bigger and bet- 
ter Sunday school, having 300 as 
their immediate goal. I'm positive 
they'll soon attain that goal. They 
are also building a larger building 
so as to accommodate even more 
than their present goal. Excellent 
progress is being made on the build- 
ing, which is being erected by vol- 
unteer help. Beyond a doubt, this 
fine spirit is the result of much 
prayer and the desire to see unsaved 
people brought to a saving knowl- 
edge of Jesus Christ. The laymen 
of the church are very active and 
recently started services at Arritt's 
Chapel, a distance of about twelve 
miles from Covington. 

I went to the church saying I was 
willing to do anything I could to be 
of assistance. They took me at my 
word, for I was really kept busy 
while there, speaking 35 times in 



the two weeks. The ministerial as- 
sociation graciously invited me to be 
the speaker at the union Thanksgiv- 
ing service on Thanksgiving Day. 
Mr. Earl Keys, of Radio Station 
WKEY, very kindly gave us radio 
time each day — each afternoon of 
the first week and the regular morn- 
ing- devotional period of the second 
week. The Loi'd honored the preach- 
ing of His Word with the conver- 
sion of precious souls and the re- 
dedication of many of the members 
of the congregation. One of the 
great joys of this meeting came to 
me on the last night of the campaign 
when one of the young men who 
was with my outfit overseas came 
forward and gave his heart to the 
Lord. 

I shall long remember my two 
weeks working with the pastor and 
people of our Brethren church at 
Covington, and trust that the Lord 
will continue to bless and use that 
ministry to His glory. — Orville A. 
Lorenz, evangelist. 



-"United for Soul-Winning" — 



MARTINSBURG, PA. 

After a lapse of years, we have 
enjoyed another period of blessed 
fellowship with the Martinsburg 
Brethren church in a Good News 
revival. This church has won for 
itself a name in the community as 
the center of fundamental preach- 
ing and teaching, missionary zeal. 



and evangelistic fervor. It is set for 
the defense of the Gospel. It has an 
aggressive program at all times. 
Folks who are looking for the Gos- 
pel truth are becoming members 
of it. 

We found pastor and people united 
in the Lord's work. Thorough prep- 
aration had been made for the re- 
vival. Prayer and personal suppcrt 
was given to the evangelist and song 
leader. The attendance was good, 
the special music excellent. T.he 
fellowship was genuinely spiritual. 
Souls were saved and members 
added to the church. Every decision 
was clean-cut. The standards of the 
church are high. Separation from 
the v-'orld is maintained. Folks be- 
come members because of convic- 
tion, not just convenience. The 
church is growing in num^bers, in 
vision, in spiritual power. There's 
a bright future ahead for this Bib- 
lical, Brethren church. — Evangelist 
Charles H. Ashman. 



The First Brethren Church in 
Martinsburg has been greatly blessed 
of God through His servant. The 
evangelist, Bro. Charles H. Ashman, 
ministered the Word of God faith- 
fully and fervently. Much visita- 
tion by evangelist and pastor was 
done, which resulted in 19 personal 
decisions. Five were souls who con- 
fessed Christ for the first time, five 
others came to publicly confess 
Christ for the^ first time, six reaf- 
firmed their faith in Christ and pre- 
sented themselves for membership, 
three came to the Lord for restora- 




CHILDREN'S "HAPPY HOUR" AT MARTINSBURG, PA. 



January 1, 1949 



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tion. All have signified intention 
to become members following trjne 
immersion. The youngest to accept 
Christ w a s a lad of 7 and the 
oldest a man of 75. Praise the Lord! 
is all we can say. In the above gi'oup 
there are 10 different families rep- 
resented; half are entirely new fam- 
ilies in the church. 

On the closing Sunday, the Bible 
school attendance reached a new 
high of 132. It is more imperative 
than ever that we break ground for 
our new Bible school building next 
spring or early summer. New fam- 
ilies are coming almost every week. 
We must say a word about the 
"Happy Hour" after-school meet- 
ings conducted by Bro. Gerald 
Teeter, former Brethren young man 
who just graduated from Bryan Uni- 
versity last spring. Over 50 boys and 
girls (mostly boys, too!) gathered 
each day and sang choruses, listened 
to the Gospel, and saw the Gospel 
illustrated. Twenty - one signified 
their desire to take the Lord Jesus 
as their Saviour. We praise the 
Lord for Brother Teeter's work 
among the children. — Robert E. A. 
Miller, pastor. 



— "S.OOO Souls for Christ" 



DAYTON, OHIO 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman, of Los 
Angeles, Calif., was engaged as the 
special speaker at the annual fall 
Bible conference of the First Breth- 
ren Church in Dayton, Ohio. The 
conference was held from October 
24th through November 7th, and 
immediately followed the close of a 
city-wide evangelistic effort of which 
the undersigned was the general 
chairman, and in which our local 
congregation took a leading part. 

As I look back over the two weeks 
in which Brother Ashman labored 
among us, I am convinced that his 
messages and exposition of Scrip- 
tural truth provided us with a most 
profitable and inspiring Bible con- 
ference. The messages were under- 
standable and pleasingly presented 
aad in every respect were wonder- 
ful. I know the Lord will use them 
for the deepening of the spiritual 
lives of the members of the church. 

During the first week of the con- 
ference Brother Ashman gave devo- 
tional studies on the great Shep- 
herd Psalms — the 22nd, 23rd, and 



the 24th. These he illustrated with 
a beautiful chart which presented 
the truths of the three-fold minis- 
try of Christ as "the Good Shepherd, 
the Great Shepherd, and the Ch'ef 
Shepherd." 

The second week of the confer- 
ence had as its theme "The Person. 
Presence, and Power of the Holy 
Spirit." These messages presented 
great doctrinal truths in language 
easily understood by the congrega- 
tion. The messages were particu- 
larly timely, especially since there is 
so inuch false teaching and misun- 
derstanding concerning the ministry 
of the Holy Spirit. 

While great truths were presented 
during the conference, every mes- 
sage had a rich devotional emphasis 
and a definite evangelistic appeal. 
There was splendid response, and 
good interest throughout the entire 
conference. I feel that a 1 1 our 
churches would be greatly strength- 
ened by such a ministry as Brother 
Ashman had in our church, espe- 
apostasy is so apparent and there is 
cially since we live in a day when 
a deadening indifference on the part 
of many so-called Christian people. 
We praise God for Brother Ash- 
man's ministry in the Dayton church. 
— Orville A. Lorenr, pastor. 



We praise the Lord for the priv- 
ilege of once again being co-laborers 
in the Lord with the First Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio, in a two- 
weeks Bible conference. Heretofore 
our meetings with them have been 
strictly evangelistic. 

In our Bible conference we sought 
to present neglected themes and 
passages of Scrinture. The first 
week was devoted to the presenta- 
tion of the Shepherd ministry of 
our Lord; during the second week 
we studied the ministry of the Holy 
Spirit. Then we proclaimed Christ 
as our "Daysman." Also we gave a 
"Bird's-eye View of the Song of Sol- 
omon." 

We greatly enjoyed the blessed 
fellowship with the Dayton church 
and the pastor. They are in a period 
of transition in the anticipated 
change of location. There's a gi'eat 
future ahead for this church as they 
maintain "the unity of the Spirit" 
along with their evangelistic zeal 
and missionary vision. It is always 
a refreshing experience to study the 
Scriptures and labor together with 



this church. — Charles H. Ashman, 
evangelist and Bible teacher. 



"United for Soul-Winning" 



LIMESTONE, TENN. 

Praise God, from whom all bless- 
ings flow! We rejoice in the name 
of our triune God for the victories 
won in a recent revival meeting in 
the Limestone church. Truly, the 
Lord did that which was exceeding 
abundantly above all that we asked 
or thought. 

From the first service, our evan- 
gelist, Bro. Gordon Bracker. proved 
to us that we were in for some old- 
fashioned Gospel preaching from the 
Word of God. Brother Bracker 
preached his way into the hearts of 
the members and friends of our 
church. His ministiy was mightily 
blessed of God and attended by old- 
time Holy-Ghost conviction. 

Our national youth director. Bro. 
Ralph Colburn. joined us the second 
week of this evangelistic effort in 
the capacity of children's and youth 
worker, song leader, and soloist. His 
ministry in Limestone will long be 
remembered. Brother Colbui-n con- 
ducted youth meetings in three of 
our schools in the community. He 
also led a youth rally and j^outh fel- 
lowship the last Saturday, which was 
attended by 41 young people. 

The meeting was characterized by 
prayer. The revival fires really be- 
gan to bum in the hearts of evan- 
gelist, pastor, and people when, after 
the service one night of the first 
week, about 40 Christians remained 
to pray. Heai-ts were burdened for 
the lost, as our gracious God opened 
the windows of heaven and gave us 
the blessing we desired of Him. 

The Lord gave us eight first-time 
decisions, two for church member- 
ship, and 11 who rededicated their 
lives to the Lord Jesus, making a 
total of 21 decisions for Christ. — 
Earle E. Peer, pastor. 



Two weeks of revival services dur- 
ing the first of November at Lime- 
stone, Tenn., are now a high point 
in the writer's memory of evange- 
listic services. 

The meetings were marked by 
good prayer preparation and sup- 
port on the part of the people. Much 
visitation before and during the 
meetings was done and good attend- 



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ance greatly helped the success of 
the meeting. 

The assistance of our national 
youth director, Ralph Colburn, dur- 
ing the second half of the meeting 
was greatly appreciated by the peo- 
ple, pastor, and evangelist. This 
doubtless had much to do with the 
fact that the meeting has been char- 
acterized as a youth revival, with 
most of the decisions being made by 
young people. 

Beginning with the middle Sun- 
day morning service, there were de- 
cisions in all but two of the remain- 
ing services. 

The hospitality and warm friend- 
liness of the people, and the earnest 
efforts of the fine pastoi certainly 
made the two weeks of evangelistic 
effort a pleasure and blessing lor 
the evangelist. — Gordon W. Bracker, 
evangelist. 



"5.000 Souls for Christ"- 



ACCIDENT, MD. 

It was the joy and privilege of the 
undersigned to spend one week 
among our Brethren of the First 
Brethren Church of Accident, Md. 
This group of saints has been with- 
out the leadership of a full-time 
pastor for many years. Bro. Orville 
A. Lorenz, when serving at Meyers- 
dale, Pa., ministered to this group 
with one service weekly. Since that 
time this group has had no other 
leadership than that of the local 
members. They are maintaining a 
fine Sunday school, and during the 
seasons of good weather, they con- 
duct their regular B.Y.F. sessions. 

We found a very faithful group of 
the Lord's dear children in this 
place, who met with us night after 
night to hear the preaching of the 
Word. The interest was splendid 
and the hospitality was genuine. 
One of the evening services was 
greatly enriched by the presence of 
Bro. Gerald Polman and a delega- 
tion from the Meyersdale church. 
The Holy Spirit worked during the 
meetings, so that by the last service 
a number of the saints had rededi- 
cated their lives, and several had 
confessed Jesus Christ as their Sav- 
iour. It was a real joy to minister to 
this fine group, and we do praise our 
heavenly Father for the decisions 
which were registered. It is our 



prayer that the blessings of these 
services shall last into eternity. May 
the grace of God continue to operate 
in the hearts and lives of this church 
to His glory and to the salvation of 
people in that community. — Henry 
G. Rempel. 



-"United for Soul-Winning"- 



UNIONTOWN, PA. 

We as pastor and people of the 
First Brethren Church of Union- 
town are happy to report that our 
hearts were greatly refreshed dur- 
ing a recent eight days of special 
meetings. Bro. Miles Taber, of Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind., was the guest 
speaker. From the very opening 
service on Sunday morning our Lord 
was consciously near. The messages 
throughout the series were direct 
from the Word of God and were de- 
livered under the leadership and 
might of the Holy Spirit. Each ser- 
mon was a practical message for the 
saint, and yet each contained enough 
Gospel to point the sinner to a life- 
giving Saviour . . . We rejoice to re- 
port that a man in middle life con- 
fessed Christ as his Saviour. We 
thank our Brother Taber for his un- 
tiring ministry among us, and praise 
our heavenly Father for the rich 
blessings He showered upon us. It 
is our prayer that the challenging 
messages shall continue to bear fruit 
unto eternity. — Henry Reinpel, pas- 
tor. 



— "5.000 Souls for Christ"- 



BELLFLOWER, CALIF. 

The Bellflower church is happy to 
have completed the large addition to 
the first unit of the church, and we 
have not room enough yet. Of 
course, that is what we want. It is 
surely a pleasing sight to see our 
attendance creeping up and up, and 
to see new faces from Sunday to 
Sunday. We had a blessed prayer 
meeting last Wednesday evening, as 
we always do, with about 50 of His 
own gathered together in all hu- 
mility. 

Our communion meeting, held re- 
cently, was a blessed occasion. Over 
50 surrounded the Lord's tables with 



Him — quite a number for the first 
time. 

At our prayer meetings, after the 
opening of the service, Brother 
Richardson excuses the young peo- 
ple, and they retire to his study for 
their prayers. Last week he led the 
men to the kitchen for their own 
prayers, leaving us women alone in 
the auditorium. In that way, in- 
stead of two or three voicing their 
prayers, there were three groups 
praying at the same time, and no in- 
terference from anyone, no tension 
or timidity in speaking with their 
Lord. 

Since the beginning of our fiscal 
year, just a little more than four 
months ago, nine have been added 
by baptism, eight by letter, and two 
by relationship, 10 accepted Christ 
for the first time, and there were 
eight reconsecrations. We have 
held no special evangelistic services, 
just a steady "plugging away" at the 
"whitened fields" before us — and 
faithful visitation. — Mrs. Enola Stone. 



'United for Soul-Winning" 



HILLWOOD CHAPEL, AKRON, 
OHIO 

This is a new organization, just a 
little over a year old. It has been 
started under the ministry of Bro. 
M. R. Walter, from our church at 
Rittman, Ohio, where he was saved. 
We just closed a short meeting there 
with him. 

God has greatly blessed Brother 
Walter in this new work and has 
already given him a fine congrega- 
tion. He is a tireless soul-winner 
and enjoys an almost constant stream 
of conversions in his work. H i s 
people love him and take mighty 
good care of him. His Sunday school 
runs between 200 and 250 each Sun- 
day. The church attendance is 
about half that in regular services. 

God was present in blessing from 
the very first service of this meet- 
ing and gave us many souls. 71 in 
all I believe. Men predominated 
among the adults and the stories of 
homes transformed, lives trans- 
formed, and victories won over sin 
would fill a book. They occurred so 
fast that no record could be kept. A 
wonderfully fine group of young 
men came to Christ in this meeting 
and laid the foundation for a Youth 
Fellowship that is the answer to the 



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pastor's prayer. Young people had 
been his heartache until now. 

The people of the congregation 
were greatly blessed also. One of 
the leading men of the church said 
to me on the closing Sunday, "I have 
shed more tears during these meet- 
ings than I have in all my life be- 
fore, but they were tears of pure 
happiness and I am not ashamed of 
them." The men were mostly chem- 
ists, mechanical engineers, and other 
technicians from the local rubber 
plants, who accepted Christ in this 
meeting. 

We praise our glorious Christ for 
allowing us to be present when He 
wrought such wonderful works. He 
did it all. No cleverness of m.an 
could do such miracles as w ere 
wrought there. Our association with 
the pastor and his very devoted and 
efficient wife was very precious. May 
God bless them all.— R. Paul Miller, 
evangelist. 



-"5.000 Souls for Chrisf- 



THE WORD OF GOD 

(Continued from Page 6) 

which trpn^oired in the days of the 
early church. Some of these events 
have their setting under circum- 
stances in which the final court of 
appeals was not a written book, hut 
living apostles. Therefore, the book 
of Acts cannot be called a pattern 
for all policies in the church of to- 
day since there is no hint that we 
are to go and do likewise. 

As an illustration of this, we turn 
to the fifth chapter of the book of 
Acts in which we read of the apos- 
tolic power demonstrated through 
Peter. Peter was able to pronounce 
judgment upon Ananias and Sap- 
phira because they had misappro- 
priated funds and lied about it. In 
this incident it should be easy to see 
that church policy is not determined 
upon what Peter did, but upon the 
sum total of the teaching of the New 
Testament concerning the church 

Some well-meaning but misin- 
formed believers have tried to make 
the book of Acts a pattern for all 
church policy. Such people reason 
that if they spoke in tongues in the 
book of Acts we should speak in 
tongues today. They fail to note 
that the purpose of tongues in the 



days of the apostles has now been 
fulfilled. 

Some well-meaning people feel 
that because sign miracles took 
place as recorded in the book of 
Acts we should expect to see sign 
miracles today. They forget that the 
purpose of the sign miracle has been 
fulfilled. Some have even gone so 
far as to say that believers should 
handle serpents freely and shake 
them off into the fire because Paul 
did so in fulfillment of Mark 16. 

It will strengthen the understand- 
ing of all of us to read carefully not 
only the book of Acts as a historical 
record, but to read specially the New 
Testament church epistles as well as 
the pastoral epistles written by the 
Apostle Paul. 



-"5,000 Souls for Christ"- 



EVANGELISM TODAY IS A PACE . . 

(Continued from Page 3) 

ings of the evident approach of the 
collapse of this present world sys- 
tem, and may do so in an early issue 
of the Herald if we can get a little 
time to write. But one thing ap- 
pears certain — none of us are goiiig 
to reinain here very long. This 
present human order of things is 
about to be shelved. The carrying 
out of any long-range program of 
Christian work is faced with lim.it- 
less hazards. What is to be done 
must be done quickly. It is folly 
for the Christian to pile up money 
and property for the future. It 
should be put to work for the win- 
ning of men for Christ while it is 
possible. We are in a race against 
time. 

The present movement to turn the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches to an intensive and im- 
mediate denomination-wide devotion 
to evangelism and soul-winning is 
the soundest approach to our respon- 
sibility to reach the greatest num- 
ber of souls in the short tiine ap- 
parently left to us in which to work. 
To fire up all our preachers with 
the stern realities, to stir up o'jr 
entire body of laymen to winning 
souls--this is our immediate aim. 
Our national laymen's organization 
is aware of the situation, and is 
swinging back of this movement 100 
per cent. But we are still standing 
at the starting post. We are still just 
talking and planning. Evidently this 



need has not yet gripped the hearts 
of our people to drive them to 
prayer. 

It is prayer, constant, burning, 
broken, believing prayer, that we 
need above all else. Preachers, peo- 
ple, put this first on your list at 
prayer meeting, at your family al- 
tars, and in your personal prayers. 
Lay hold of God for us. Ask Him 
for this mountain! God will not fail 
to answer — but pray. We are in a 
race against time. We hope to have 
funds and workers ready to start 
out our first real Brethren evange- 
listic party in June. Pray about it. 
God will honor your prayer. 



— "United for Soul-Winning" 



YOUTH PAGE 

(Continued from Page 7) 

didn't come out I They have their 
own Sunday-school class and B.Y.F., 
meeting each week. There are ten' 
married couples among the Brethren 
family there, living in trailers, cam- 
pus housing units, and in off-campus 
dwellings. 

On the trip to South Carolina, I 
also visited Columbia Bible College, 
where two fine Brethren girls. Wan- 
da Goodall and Faye Rowlee, both 
from Long Beach, Calif., are seniox's. 
Visits with these girls, and dinner 
in the dining hall there, made this 
brief trip enjoyable. 

Through Dave Reese, of Hagevs- 
town, I had the privilege of speaking 
at chapel at King's College, in New 
Castle, Del., the day before Thanks- 
giving. About 300 students are in 
this fine Christian school, headed by 
Percy Crawford. Genive Smith, of 
Martinsburg. Pa., helps represent 
the Brethren there. 

A week in the eastern area en- 
abled me to visit some of the Breth- 
ren students in the two Bible schools 
in Philadelphia, Bible Institute of 
Pennsylvania and Philadelphia 
School of the Bible: then to New 
York, where I saw Joanne Little, of 
Altocna, in the American Seminary 
of the Bible, and Lester Kennedy, of 
Philadelphia, in the missionary med- 
icine division of National Bible In- 
stitute. Woody Newman, also of Al- 
toona, now at Providence Bible In- 
stitute, and Willard and Martha 
Lohnes, from Waterloo, now at Har- 
vard University Medical School, 
were also contacted on this trip. 



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Evangelize by Prayer- 



PRAYER POINTERS 



Mrs. A. B. Kidder, W. M. C. National Prayer Chairman 



"Pray Without Ceasing" 



Prayer brought results in the old year, 

And prayer will win in the new; 
We have the promise that God will hear, 

But the asking depends on you. 
So, in season and out, continue to pray; 

God will give grace if you do; 
My brethren and sisters, what more can we say? 

Keep on praying the whole year through! 

POINTED PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for early completion of the needed buildings 
of the new Central Bible School near Bozoum, Africa, 
and for Brother Balzer as he leads in the work. 

2. For satisfactory passage to Africa for Miss Ruth 
Snyder for either January or February. 

3. For the work of evangelism in both fields; in 
Africa in the out-of-the-way bush villages: and in Ar- 
gentina with the Bible Coach, the Gospel tents, and in 
young people's camps. 

4. For special wisdom as missionaries and missions ry 
candidates are directed in language and other special- 
ized studies, and that funds will be made available for 
all outfit and transportation needs. 

5. For permission to enter Brazil, and for the Altigs 
as they continue their preparations to go. 

6. For Jack Green, that the Lord will heal his body, 
that in January or February he may be ready to make 
the initial trip into Baja (Lower) California. 

7. For all those in deputation work: the Sickels, 
Sheldons, Beavers, Dr. Kimmell, and your General Sec- 
retary. Pray for safety in travel, and for wisdom in 
speaking. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for wisdom and funds in construction of the 
new church building in Chico, Calif. 

2. For the Taos, N. Mex., mission in the emergency 
created by the passing of Brother Kliewer. 

3. For Roberta and David Kliewer in this tiine of 
sorrow. 

4. Foi quick completion of the new building at Juni- 
ata, Pa. 

GOSPEL TRUTH RADIO— 

1. Pray that every Brethren church will be able to 
have the Gospel Truth program on a station in its vi- 
cinity. 

2. That the new plan for retiring the radio deficit may 
bo effective. 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY— 

1. Give thanks to God for the large student body en- 
trusted to the Seminary, and pray for the new students 



who will be entering in January at the beginning of the 
second semester. 

2. Give thanks for the spirit of prayer and evange- 
listic zeal existing among the students, and pray that 
these may be increased and deepened through the min- 
istry of the Holy Spirit. 

3. Give thanks for the gifts received already this 
year, and pray that God will provide through the 
churches sufficient for the Seminary needs throughout 
the year of 1949. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray for the various editors of the Herald, that 
they may be wholly guided by the Holy Spirit in the 
selection of material. 

2. Pray that the Herald may be placed in every 
Brethren home in America. 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCII^- 

1. Pray for a new vision of woman's great task in 
the year just begun. 

2. That all officers, national, district, and local, be 
given wisdom for their duties. 

3. That all the objectives may be accomplished this 
year. 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY AND MARTHA— 

1. Pray that the girls may enthusiastically support 
the project of offerings for the summer camps in the 
Argentine. 

2. For the local patronesses. 

3. That many new Sisterhoods may be organized 
during the present year. 

BRETHREN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray that the Youth Director will be effective in 
his work among the churches on the west coast for the 
next three months. 

2. For our Brethren students who are now making 
plans for service for Christ this summer, that they might 
be led and blessed by God. 

3. That the financial needs of the youth work might 
be fully met. 

BRETHREN LAYMEN'S FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for revival of the laymen in the United States 
and our Foreign Mission points. Ask for rededications 
for active service daily in the Lord as soul-winners. 

2. For wisdom in applying ourselves in our daily 
tasks, that God will be glorified. 

3. For more active laymen in the affairs of your 
local church, not only in men's group activity, but in 
all phases of the work. 



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OLUME 11, NUMBER 2 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



JANUARY 8, 1949 






jontents: 



iitorals by L. S. Bauman. .18-20 

easurer's Report 20 

e Help in Native Conferences, 
by Mrs. Jake Kliever 21 

Freshman School Teacher, by 
Ben Hamilton, Jr. 24 






"Stir Unto Flame" 



St';r me! ch, stir me, Lord, I care not how. 
But stir my heart in passion for the world! 
Stir me to give, to go — but most to pray; 
Stir 'til the blood-red banner be unfurled 
O'er lands that still in heathen darkness lie — 
Lands where the cross was never lifted high. 

Stir me! oh, stir me. Lord, 'til all my heart 
Is filled with strong compassion for these souls, 
'Til that compelling "must" drives me to pray — 
'Til Thy constraining love reach to the poles — 
Far north and south, in burning deep desire, 
'Til east and west are caught in love's great fire- 
Stir me! oh, stir me. Lord, 'til prayer is pain — 
'Til prayer is joy — 'til prayer turns into praise! 
Stir me, 'til heart and will and mind — yea all 
Is wholly Thine to use through all the days. 
Stir, 'til I learn to pray exceedingly. 
Stir, 'til I learn to wait expectantly. 

Stir me! oh, stir me. Lord! Thy heart was stirred 

By love's intensest fire, 'til Thou didst give 

Thine only Son, Thy best beloved One, 

E'en to the dreadful cross, that I might live. 

Stir me to give myself so back to Thee 

That Thou canst give Thyself again, through me. 

Stir me! oh, stir me. Lord, for I can see 
The final glorious triumph day to break! 
The dawn already gilds the eastern sky! 
Oh Church of Christ, arise! awake, awake! 
Oh stir us. Lord, as heralds of that day. 
For night is past — our King is on His way! 

Author Unknown. 




SPEAKlMO 




By LOUiS S. BAUMAN 
Ed tor, Foreign Mission Number 



OUR CHRISTMAS ISSUE 



The F. M. S. Editoi greatly regrets that our issue, 
dated on Christmas Day, had nothing about Christmas. 
This was because our editorial copy arrived "too late" — 
so we wei-e informed. We must take the blame. the)'e- 
fore. and apologize for the lack. The F. M. S. editor 
has been working under some tremendous handicaps 
in the past few weeks, due to his move from California 
to Washington, D. C. 

.4iVD NOW, THIS ISSUE— WHAT'S THE MATTER 
WITH IT? 

Just this — from it, you would never know that we 
hpv3 a mission in Argentina, and are opening one in 
Baja C?.lifornia (Lower California), and still another in 
Brazil. Well, we cannot compel our missionaries to 
write. We have copy for a special Argentine number 
that we are going to print for February. All of this 
material was gathered by Miss Nielsen, and is going to 
make one of the best issues we have ever printed — so we 
believe. But apart from this material, not a line from any 
of the last-mentioned fields. Will some missionaries sit 
up and take notice? The editor ought not to have to 
beg for copy. Africa gets in on these pages, because 
those Africans write! We have on hand several more 
prticles from Africa, intensely int3resting, and waiting 
for space! Thank you, Africa! 

"A FRESHMAN SCHOOL TEACHER" 

Gentle reader, hearken unto me! The next time you 
look upon a pictured scene in this missionary magazine, 
and behold what you will likely dub "a bunch of naked, 
ignorant savages," just stop, "hold your horses" for a 
few minutes, and turn to Prof, Ben Hamilton's story of 
"A Freshman School Teacher" at work with such a 
"bunch." If, in the upper stories of their ebonized 
earthly dwelling places, they can understand the pro- 
fessor, and wrestle successfully with the profound theo- 
logical problems involved, then we are ready to say 
Ihcit, PS freshmen, they certainly have some grey matter 
stored away somewhere in the recesses of those upner 
stories. Gentle reader, don't you ever again say that 
those "naked, ignorant savages" are not worth saving. 
Some sweet day, in that glorious bye and bye, thev loo 
will "shine .in His beauty," and the "Freshman School 
Teacher" will rejoice in his star-bedecked crown! 

CUT IT DOWN? NO, SIREE! 

At the meeting of the Board of Trustees with the 
representatives of The Brethren Missionary Herald 



Company, last August at Winona Lake, it was strongly 
suggested, if not ordered, to limit the articles of oj.r 
correspondents to a page in length — meaning about 650 
words. Well, now, reader, if you were in the place of 
the F, M. S. editor, and received an article like Mj-s. 
Kliever's in this issue — "We Help in Native Confer- 
ences" — just where would you cut it? What would you 
cut out? Your editor read it with the idea of obeyi.ng 
those "powers that be," and he became so interested in 
it that he could not find it in his heart to cut out more 
than five lines, and that he felt was to the injury of the 
article! Cut it? No, sir-ee! And you young folks who 
dream of some day becoming an ambassador of the 
King to "the realms beyond the sea," read this article 
carefully, and then examine yourselves and see if you 
have the stuff in you out of which God can make a real 
missionary. "Missionaries lazy?" Huh! Not the kind 
we Brethren have in French Equatorial Africa! 

WHERE, O WHERE HAVE THEY GONE? 

What has become of the "funnies" that used to be 
funny? They used to make you laugh. Now they 
would make a monkey weep. Silly, disgusting, sugges- 
tive, unnatural, unhuman. violent, vicious, cave-man- 
nish, b''rbaric — no wonder men and women dealing with 
the problems of youth are beginning to accuse them of 
being one of the breeders of juvenile delinquency. God 
Himself has s?id, "A merry heart doeth good like a med- 
icine" (Prov. 17:22). A hearty laugh is a real tonic for 
anybody in this troubled world. We therefore are in 
favor of some old-fashioned funny "funnies." But this 
stuff that is being dished out to us for "funnies." instead 
of "doing good like inedicine. " would make a turkey 
buzzard sick! Parents, keep an eye on the ideas that 
pre creeping in through the eye of your child. Remem- 
ber, specialists, wrestling with the problem of juvenile 
delinquency today, are beginning to point the finger of 
blame at the "funnies," as well as at the other devices 
of Satan for the destruction of the spiritual life of our 
children. 

LET THOSE WHO KNOW. SPEAK 

When it comes to war. there are two men whose ap- 
prrisal of war ought to be of value to the world. One 
of these is the famous coinmander of the Allied forces 
in World War No. 1— Marshal Foch. The other is Gen- 
eral Sherman, of the Civil War, The heroic Foch said. 
"If the war system is to continue, then let us renounce 
our religion, call it the religion of force, and let some- 
one else take the sacred name of Christ and develop a 



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religion which will be consistent with the principles He 
enunciated in the New Testament. Organized Chris- 
tianity must either stop participating in wars or else 
take the Sermon on the Mount out of the Bible. It is a 
parody to preach the Gospel of Christ in the pulpit upon 
a Sunday and bless war from the same pulpit the next 
week." 

General Sherman said the same thing in fewer words. 
"War is hell." 

In the light of these words, and those of many other 
military men whose testimonies would confirm these of 
Foch and Sherman, the Brethren Church does not need 
to apologize for her persistent stand to this date against 
her members engaging in the business of killing instead 
of evangelizing our enemies. When the Brethren Church 
once forsakes her stand against war as belonging to the 
business of a Christian, she will need to haul in the 
banners that bear her slogan to the world, "The Bible, 
the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible." Let us 
be consistent, at least, and honest in our affirmations. 

64 YEARS MARRIED, AND "STILL IN LOVE" 

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Etter, two dear old saints with 
whom the editor became acquainted at the Winona Lake 
Bible Conference several years ago, and with whom he 
has been having a delightful correspondence ever since, 
celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on December 
7th. Brother Etter has just written the editor to say, 

"We shall continue to live [for the Lord] as we have 
for many years. We know that we are on the right 
track. . . . We celebrated our 64th wedding anniversary 
quietly and reverently. We are happy as we near the 
sunset of life, and are still in love. . . . Our doctor says 
we are in good health." 

"The right track" — yes, the way of the Lord has been 
tested and proven once again by these dear old people. 
They have no sad memories — no regrets! Sixty-four 
years — nearly two-thirds of a century living together, 
walking hand in hand, and "still in love!" What a 
shining example for this divorce-cursed age! "Still in 
love!" And, why not? 

"Grow old along with me! 
The last of life 
For which the first was made!" 

GREAT "PROGRESS" OF "THE SOCIAL GOSPEL" 

"The Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in 
America" just completed its biennial meeting at Cin- 
cinnati. Dr. Jesse Bader reported that the Protestant 
churches of America have a total enrollment of 46,149,- 
876 members. Rev. Canon Almon R. Pepper, of New 
York, executive vice president of the Church World 
Service, an agency of the Federal Council, reported 
that in the past two years (1946 and 1947) these 46,149,- 
676 members gave $49,793,782 for "relief and construc- 
tion" purposes for the building of a better world, and 
thus "preventing Communism." This means that each 
church member contributed the amazing sum of 54 
cents out of a year's wages towards building "a better 
world" and preventing the spread of Communism! Do 
we need to comment further? Perhaps the people would 
be a little bit more enthusiastic about the matter of pre- 
venting the spread of Communism if the Federal Coun- 
cil would begin its battle against this form of atheism 
and infidelity in its own headquarters in New York. 



"SISTER" OF OURS— WHITHER AWAY? 

In the current issue of The Gospel Messenger (De- 
cember 25, 1948), under the caption, "Thinking About 
the News," the editor gives a review of the "Ups and 
Downs in the News During 1948." On the whole, it is 
a very good review. Howevei', it is very disconcerting 
to read his comment on the religious trends during the 
year. He says: 

"10. In America and throughout the world there h"s 
been growing a feeling during the year that our indi- 
vidual salvation and our salvation as a total people can 
come only through the church. The churches seem to 
feel their responsibility more keenly than they have in 
any recent period. They seem to feel increasingly a 
need of approaching their stupendous and challenging 
task more cooperatively. 

"11. Against this trend a vocal opposition has arisen. 
In most areas it seems to be headed by either the 'fun- 
damentalists' or the Catholics. The authoritarian points 
of view of the two are not dissimilar." 

We wonder if our brother editor himself has a "feeling 
. . . that . . . our salvation as a total people can come 
only through the church." If so, then he holds to a 
fundamental error, quite common in these last days. 
Nowhere do the Scriptures teach that "our salvation as 
a total people can come through the church." The so- 
called "church" to which the editor refers is to become 
so utterly apostate and Laodicean before the return of 
our Lord that to it He speaks prophetically, "I will spue 
thee out of my mouth" (Rev. 3:16). What are we to 
infer from the Master's question, "When the Son of 
man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth" (Luke 
18:8)? 

The fundamental error of modernism is in thinking 
that it is the business of the Church to save the "total 
people." It is the duty of the Church to "witness unto 
all nations" (Matt. 24:14). It was clearly set forth in 
the very first council of the Christian Church assem- 
bled in Jerusalem, that the business of the Church is to 
"visit the Gentiles, to TAKE OUT OF THEM a people 
for his name" (Acts 15:14). "To take out of them," 
does not indicate the conversion of a "total people." 

Some day, the "total people" will bow the knee to the 
Lord Jesus Christ; that will be when converted Jew — 
the restored Jonah — shall go forth as the world's flam- 
ing evangel. Then, and not until then, shall "many 
people and strong nations come to seek the Lord of 
hosts." "Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it 
shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of 
all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the 
skirt of him that is a JEW, saying, We will go with you: 
for we have heard that God is with you (Zech. 8:23). 
Total "salvation," according to our Lord, "is of the Jews" 
(John 4:22), and "the scripture cannot be broken" 
(John 10:35). To tell the story to the nations, whether 
the nations will hear or forbear, is the supreme busi- 
ness of the Church of God in this age. 

Verily, there is a need of approaching "the stupen- 
dous and challenging task" of making the salvation of 
our God known to all men. But when they tell us that 
it must be done "cooperatively," we fear they are mak- 
ing a bid for cooperation with an apostate organization 
whose slogan is just "Cooperate with us to save the 
world." That is the slogan of "The Federal Council 
of Churches of Christ" — an institution of Satan under 



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the guise of being the servant of Christ for the salvation 
of the "total people. " 

"Cooperate"? Yes, with all the born-again people of 
God! But the Spirit of God has commanded through the 
inspired apostle, "Be ye not unequally yoked together 
with unbelievers: for . . . what part hath he that believ- 
eth with an infidel" (II Cor. 6: 14, 15). 

An infidel is one who does not believe the revelation 
of God — even the Scripture. The Scripture, as every 
intelligent and unbiased man must know, affirms that 
"all scripture is given by inspiration of God" (II Tim. 
3:16); that Jesus Christ was "God manifest in the flesh" 
(I Tim. 3: 16) ; that "without shedding of blood is no re- 
mission" (Heb. 9:22); that the body of Christ which "by 
wicked hands" was "crucified and slain" — that that body 
"God hath raised up" (Acts 2: 23, 24) ; and that "this same 
Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall 
so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into 
heaven" (Acts 1:11). To cooperate with any organiza- 
tion whose leaders deny any or all of these fundamental 
truths is to cooperate with infidels. That, God com- 
mands us not to do, even though ostensibly the coopera- 
tion is for the purpose of "saving the world." 

We do not like to be rated as being narrow, but we 
dare not be broader than the Word of God allows. 

It is written, "Whosoever transgresseth, aiid ahideth 
not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that 
ahideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the 
Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and 
bring not this doctriyie, receive him not into your house, 
neither bid hivi God speed: for he that biddeth him God 
speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (II John 9-11). 
There you have the Word of the living God for it. There 
is a cooperation that spells damnation. 

The editor of The Gospel Messenger may apologize 
for it, if he so wills. But as for the Foreign Missionary 
editor of this magazine, we have neither apology nor 
regret for the fact that "Against this trend (of cooper- 
ating with unbelievers) a vocal opposition has arisen." 
We pray that it shall continue to rise until in thunder- 
ous tones the "vocal opposition" is heard around the 
earth. 

When the editor of The Gospel Messenger makes a 
compf rison between "the 'fundamentalists' and the 
Catholics," declaring that "the authoritarian points of 
view of the two are not dissimilar," he is not quite fair. 
If he were fair, he would make it clear that the "funda- 
mentalists" insist on the authoritarianism of the Scrip- 
tures — that it is the belief of fundamentalists "that the 
Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments, as orig- 
inally given, is an infallible record of the perfect, final 
and authoritative revelation of God's will, altogether 
sufficient in themselves as a rule of faith and practice" 
(The Message of the Brethren Ministry), while the 
Catholics insist on the authoritarianism of the Holy See 
— of the Pope of Rome. A vast difference exists thei-e! 

After all, when it comes to the things that are eternal, 
voices of authority are a tremendous need — in these 
days of unbelief — not the authoritarianism that burns 
men at the stake or tears them asunder on the wheel, 
but the authoritarianism of the Son of God, unexcelled 
in the loving kindness of all His words and deeds, but 
still one who "taught as one having authority and not 

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TREASURER'S REPORT 

FOREIGN MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

Offerings July through October, 1948 

General Fund — 

Smitley, Mr. and Mrs. Archie. Berne, Ind $50.00 

Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin, Berne, Ind. . . 50.00 

Bourbon Presbyterian Church, Bourbon. Ind. . . 5.00 
Tippecanoe Congregational Christian Church. 

Tippecanoe. Ind 11.18 

Hohenstein. Rev. and Mrs. Lewis. Winona Lake. 

Ind 15.00 

Daily Vacation Bible School. Leesburg. Ind 19.04 

Church. Troy, Ohio 40.34 

Church. Winona Lake. Ind 1.25 

Boon. Mr. R. R.. California District 5.00 

Church Report. Cleveland. Ohio 115.16 

Church. Camden, Ohio 20.00 

Church. Sidney. Ind 23.40 

Church. Vicksburg. Pa 6.70 

Northern Ohio District 50.00 

Central District 20.00 

Coppedge. Ruth W., Tiosa. Ind 10.00 " 

Poison. Mrs. Edna. Dayton. Ohio 5.00 

Church. Jenners. Pa 10.92 

Church, Leamersvilie. Pa 27.90 

Shumacker. Mr. Herman J. Osceola, Ind 500.00 

McPheeters, Mr. W. F.. Long Beach. Calif, list) 25.00 

Church. Meyersdale. Pa 50.12 

Trent. Miss Dorothy. Listie. Pa 50.00 

Church. Altoona. Pa 25.00 

Church. Mundy's Corner. Pa 23.65 

Through offerings at National Fellowship, Wi- 
nona Lake. Ind 40.00 

Church. West Kittarming. Pa 18.86 

A Friend, Portis, Kans 15.00 

Church. Cheyenne, Wvo 22.16 

Church. Beaver City. Nebr 5.25 

Church, Meyersdale. Pa 4.28 

Class of Alexander Mack, Johnstown. Pa. (for 

Power Unit ) 100.00 

Church report, Long Beach. Calif. (1st) 480.99 

Sl.846.20 

African General Fund — 

Church report. Long Beach, Calif. (1st ) 15.00 

South American General Fund — 
Church report. Long Beach, Calif. (1st) 15.00 

African Special Fund — 

W. M. C. California District (for Child Evan- 
gelism) 10.00 

Daily Vacation Bible School, Sunnyside. Wash. 

(for Flrnnelgraph Material) 10.75 

W. M. C. East District (for Steel Filing Cabinet) 100.00 

Strout. Esther. Sunnyside. Wash, (for Flannel- 

gr,"ph Material) 2.00 

122.75 

Bible Institute of South America Fund — 

Church. Jenners, Pa 10.00 

African Lep?r Fund — 

Raab. Walter rnd Earl. Central District 20.00 

A Friend. Ashk.nd. Ohio 50.00 

70.00 

,4/rica7i Central Bible School Fund — 

Church. Dallas Center. Iowa 15.00 

Church. Winona Lake. Ind in.no 

Church. Garvey. Calif 16.02 

Church. Whittier, Calif 73.81 

Church. Comnton. Calif 11.75 

Church, Cheyenne. Wyo 18.76 

Church, Fort Wavne. Ind Ifi.OO 

W. M. C. South "Gate. Calif 5.00 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, Los Angeles. 

Calif. (1st) 8.00 

Talma Christi.-n Church. Talma. Ind 30.60 

Yonn^? People of the Talma Christian Church, 

Talma. Ind 8.00 

W. M, C Los Angeles. Calif. (1st) 30.50 

W. M. C. La Verne. Calif 1100 

W. M. C, Long Beach. Calif. (2d) 5.00 

W. M. C Compton. Calif 7.00 

26G.44 

Women's Missionary Council Fund — 

Through National W. M. C. Treasurer 1. 862.14 

Magazine Fund — 
Ladie's' Bible Fellowship Class. Dayton. Ohio .. 15.00 

Tobcr Fund — 

Church report. Long Beach. Calif. (1st I 250.00 

Primary Dept.. Long Beach, Calif. (Istl (Special 

Gift to Charles) 11.01 

261.01 

Williams Fund — 
Abe Bowman, Long Beach. Calif. (1st) 225.00 

Ruth Snyder Fund — 

Church. Spokane. Wash 106.90 

McCartney. Mr. J. E.. Conemaugh. Pa 10.00 

Gingrich. Mr. Hugo. Conemaugh. Pa 4.00 

Youth for Christ, Toopenish. Wash 15.00 

W. M. C. Yakima. Wash 5.00 

Church. Yakima. Wash 33.77 

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WE HELP IN NATIVE CONFERENCES 

By MRS. JAKE KLIEVER, French Equatorial Africa 



In the Bekoro District, we usually hold five sectional 
conferences for the native Christians some time during 
the dry season. This is the best time of the year for 
these meetings because the natives are free to do much 
as they please, especially so after the cotton markets 
are over. This is the time to visit relatives, to go to 
the "city," to take trips to far places that they have long 
wished to see, to hunt, or just to sit. And this is the 
time that our Christians look forward to their confer- 
ences. 

This past dry season only three conferences were held 
because of changes in plans which made it necessary 
for Jake (my husband) to go to Cameroun on impor- 
tant business matters. He did plan to go into Laka 
Land and hold short conferences instead of the regular 
five-day ones, but just as he was getting ready to go, 
word came saying that an epidemic of meningitis had 
broken out in that territory, so that made even that 
impossible. 

Word did not get to the one group that we could not 
come, so they gathered and waited for us. They went 
ahead and carried on the best they knew how, and re- 
ports came to us that they had had over 400 present, and 
had had a good time together. The other two places 
didn't even try to meet. In the one village they had 20 
deaths. So that was a bad place, and of course they 
are not supposed to gather when there is an epidemic. 

On March 13, Jake and our girls left Bekoro, Jake to 
go to Cameroun, and the girls to go to school at Bellevue. 
The Balzers had left the day before for Yaloke. Before 
we knew it, it was time to leave for Kabba for the con- 
ference there. We kept thinking maybe the Balzers 
would get back before we had to leave. If they got 
back Brother Balzer would take us to Kabba in the 
truck. 

Monday, March 29, no Balzers! So Mrs. Kennedy and 
I got the "push" out and got it all fixed up for the trip. 
We packed our chop boxes, duffle bags of bedding, 
trunks of books and clothes, tables and chairs, cots, 
drinking water, and all the other incidentals necessary 
to African travel. We counted our loads — 13 of them. — 
then we called the preacher and the captain to find men 
to carry them and to take the "push" in the morning. 

At 6:15 the next morning Mrs. Kennedy was on her 
way, bag and baggage, and mine, too. The men were 
going to try to get back in time to get me. too. yet that 
day. Kabba is only 12 miles from the station, and if 
they made good time they could do it. They got back 
rather late in the afternoon, so I decided not to go, be- 
cause there had been too many lions on the particular 
road that we would take, and I knew it would be dark 
before we got there. 

Just as I was getting ready to eat my supper, the 
Balzers got back. We ate our supper and had a good 
visit. In the morning I left for Kabba in the "push" 
because all the loads had gone already and gas was 
scarce. 

It was lovely and cool when we left the station, but it 
didn't stay that way long. Soon the sun was high, and 



the push boys were wringing wet with perspiration. I 
can't help but think of one of our pu.sh men just now. 
He isn't with us any more. Soon after the conference, 
he was bitten by a snake and died. 

Nothing exciting happened on the road except that 
at one place where the tse-tse flies are so bad they 
tipped me out on the road. What happened was that a 
fly bit the front push-man and me (not the same fly) at 
the same time, and let me tell you when those flies bite 
you know that something hit you. He let go of the 
handle to chase off the fly, which would have been all 
right if I had not stooped over to chase one off of my 
ankle at the same time. The push went over, but I 
landed on my feet. The fellow felt awfully bad, but I 
couldn't blame him. No damage was done, so in a little 
bit we were merrily on our way. 

At 10 o'clock we pulled in at the village. Classes had 
just been dismissed for the morning, and the place was 
swarming with people. Minnie (Mrs. Kennedy) said 
they got a good start with almost 400 people for the 
opening meeting. Every day more people came until 
at the close of the conference they counted 632. That 
was at the Sunday morning service. 

Where do they all stay? Some of them come a day 
or so early and build themselves houses out of corn 
stalks, sticks, boughs, and grass. They also bring their 
food for the five days. I often wonder how many of us 
would go to a conference if we were expected to build 
our own house and bring our own food, carry our own 
water for cooking and bathing. Some of them come as 
far as 30 and 40 miles. Most of the women have little 
babies that they have to carry, and often a little one 
that cannot walk very far by itself. They really put 
themselves out to come. [How the Lord must love 
people like that, even though their skins are ebony. — 
Ed.] 

The conference day begins with an early morning 
prayer meeting conducted entirely by the natives. After 
that the whole group meets for the morning message, 
which is given by either a missionary or one of the 
native preachers. After the morning message, we break 
up into classes which start at about 7:30, and run up to 
10 o'clock. In the afternoon we start work at 3:30 and 
run until 5:30. At 6 o'clock, we all meet together for 
the evening service. After the service and their supper, 
the natives have their singspiration, and how they do 
sing! Some of it isn't too bad, but some is really terrific! 
All I can say for it is that it is a "joyful noise"! The 
first two or three nights they sing way into the night. 
The last couple of nights usually are quiet, but they 
wake up singing. Everyone teaches everyone else the 
new songs they have learned. They never lack for 
material. 

Each year we try to have something new for them 
in the way of songs, booklets, or Scriptures. Year before 
last, all we managed to get for them was a sheet of four 
new songs. Last year we put out a new edition of the 
Kabba song book, and this coming year we hope to 
have the first edition of the Gospel of John in Kabba 



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for them. Mrs. Kennedy has been translating verses 
and Scripture portions for them for some time, but this 
will be the first complete book for them, and they are 
very anxious for it. Pray with us that these Gospels 
may arrive in time. 

At Kabba we divided the people into five groups — 
the woi'kers, men. women, boys, and girls. Three native 
preachers helped us do the teaching, and they did a 
splendid job of it. By dividing them this way. each of 
us had one day with each group. 

The schedule for each day is the same, but each day is 
by no means the same. Last year, aftei the classes, v.'e 
checked all the members and converts for reading. This 
was most interesting work, and showed up a lot of things. 
There are those who are too lazy to learn, others who 
just don't care, some who just can't seem to learn even 
if they do want to, and then the big majority who can 
learn and are learning. In a few more years we should 
have an almost literate church. Last year we did not 
check because we could not get to all the places. But 
the time between classes was spent in counseling with 
the ones who came to us, and in correcting papers that 
the workers were required to do. There is never a dull 
moment! 

The first night I got there, I was a bit tired. So we 
went to bed early and had just fallen asleep when we 
were awakened by loud yelling and a loud crackling. 
We got up and looked out and the whole place was lit 
up bright. One of the houses was on fire, and it looked 
like the whole cornstalk village was doomed to go. But 
the natives quickly pulled down all the houses close by 
and saved the village. Only three houses burned, and 
all the valuables were taken out before it was too late. 
There was much thanksgiving the next morning, and 
rightfully, so, because it was really a miracle that no 
one was hurt and nothing was lost. 

The next evening we again had disturbances, but not 
by fire. This time it was water! A storm blew up. and 
in no time our nice new rest house was leaking like a 
sieve. 'We pulled our cots round and round and round, 
trying to keep them in a dry spot. The natives' houses 
were not roofed against rain either; they gathered up 
their blankets and clothing and as many as could found 
shelter in the chapel and in the preacher's house. The 
rest went to the village and crowded into the huts there 
until the storm was over. 

The rest of the conference went very smoothly. On 
Friday I had the women all day, and on Saturday I 
taught the men in the morning and the workers in the 
afternoon. It is true joy to give them the Word and 
rest on the promise that it will accomplish that which 
He pleases, and it shall prosper in the things whereto 
He sent it. 

We had hoped to have a Sunday evening service, but 
there was no holding the people when it looked like 
another rain after the morning service was over. It 
was a good service — a good crowd, a big offering, a good 
testimony meeting, a wedding, and then a very fine 
message by the native pastor from Bedaya chapel. After 
the service, farewells were said and three-quarters of 
an hour later you would never have guessed that there 
had been 632 people to the meeting. All that was left 
was the preacher, Minnie, our help, and I. All is so 
quiet, and we think over all that has happened. Many 
decisions were made — decisions for the Lord, to learn 
to read His Word, to be faithful in prayer and in attend- 



ance to the services, and probably many others which 
only the Lord knows about. 

The conference at Kabba is over, but the work of the 
conference goes on in the hearts of those who attended. 
They are already asking where the next one is to be. 

We went back to the rest house, ate our dinner, packed 
our baggage, and towards evening Mr. Balzer came to 
get us. We got to the station, and Mrs. Balzer had a 
lovely waffle supper all ready for us. How good it did 
taste, and how nice it was to eat without an audience, 
and not to have a .sprinkling of borer dust on every- 
thing! You'd be surprised at a few of the things wp 
have to get used to out here — and like! 

Monday morning we got up early, did the washing, 
repacked the chop, baked, and in the evening Al (Bro, 
Balzer) took us to Bedaya for the next conference. 

We were surprised to see how many people had 
arrived before us. The conference was not to start until 
the next evening and already the cornstalk village was 
larger than the one at Kabba. 

The next day was a busy one for all. All day long 
peoDle kept coming in from all directions. Everyone 
was helping everyone else to get their house built, and 
get settled before evening. We, too, were busy. It was 
nice to get there and get rid of the song books before the 
opening session. The thing th?t wasn't nice about it 
was that everyone wanted a book and we could not let 
them have them. Why not? Because we only printed 
2.500 and those had to be divided between 16 chapel 
points. Why didn't we print more? We didn't have 
the paper. So it goes. 

It will be a wonderful day when we can have all the 
Scriptures that we need to supply the church member- 
ship and the converts who read, not to mention the many 
who read who are not in the church but who would like 
to have a Testament. The news letter and Bible study 
sheet that Jake has been putting out for the workers 
everv month, and Minnie's lessons for the women in 
Kabba. and my letter to the women in Sango have 
created a desire for reading material among the people 
in general. They don't see why they can't have helps 
too. All of this takes paper and a lot of paper. I'm 
only mentioning this so you can see our problem. We 
lage the peoole to learn to read: thev learn, and then 
we have nothing to give them — or rather to sell them. 
Everything in the way of printed material is sold, and 
the money turned in to buy more books and paper 
except the letters that go out. The people would buy 
them if we asked them to. We were glad to be able to 
give the books to the chapel leaders to sell because 
thev know their people, and only those who had been 
faithful to the services and could read well were entitled 
to a song book. 

That evening they met for the first session. There 
were easily 800 people present. The place was black. 
How they did sing — four, five, and six using one book. 
It didn't make any difference if they did see it upside 
down! They at least had access to a book, being they 
couldn't have one of their own. The message was given 
bv one of the visiting preachers. After the message they 
sang way into the night. 

We followed much the same schedule here as we did 
at Kabba, but the classes were twice as large. This is 
e?sv to understand when you know that this conference 
covers a much larger territory and is the oldest section 
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Every day during the Bedaya conference it clouded 
up as if it woud rain; we did have a few Ught showers, 
but it couldn't hold off until the conference was over. 
Sunday morning, the big day, the sky was all overcast. 
People came anyway and we started the service. There 
were as many outside of the chapel as there were inside. 
The chapel is supposed to hold easily 600, so there were 
at least 1,200 there. They sang, they prayed, they took 
up the offering, and it was a big one, then the "guest 
speaker," the head catechist from the S. U. M. from 
Moundou. started to give the morning message, the wind 
started to blow. It was a regular dust storm. It blew 
for about 15 minutes and then it poured rain until 4 p.m. 

The Balzers had coine in the morning to spend the 
day with us and take us home in the evening. Finally 
it quit raining enough to load our things on the truck, 
and just as we were ready to leave, the announcement 
ceme that the people were gathering to hear the rest 
of the morning message, and after that there were eight 
marriages performed! That was quite a climax for a 
rainy day and for the Bedaya conference. 




JUST MARRIED! 
Two couples at Gouze. 

Maybe you would like to know what we teach at these 
conferences. Last year I used a lot of flannelgraph 
material — thanks to the Sisterhood. By the way, the 
material is still working, too. It isn't only the children 
that like it, either. There is always a fight for the front 
seats. Poor little old kids, they get pushed clear out if 
■we don't make a place for them. 

This year, with the children I used the story of Noah 
and the ark and linked it up with New Testament teach- 
ing. How God has prepared an ark for us in the Lord 
Jesus, and that He is the only escape from the coming 
judgment. There were many of the children who ac- 
cepted the Lord. 

Whenever we have the workers together we try to 
give them material which they in turn can use to 
teach those who come to them in the villages. I often 
think, How can they teach unless they are taught? How 
glad we are for those who go to Central Bible School 
each year. With the men and women, I tried to show 
them the importance of the Christian testimony of the 
home. Many of them have the same idea that so many 
folk have at home: that it is the job of the preacher to 



do all the "church work." They are beginning to see 
for themselves that it is the Christian home that is 
stabilizing the church. 

We also do memory work and teach them new songs. 
There is so much to teach that we'll never get it all to 
them. We need more help to do this teaching. We are 
so happy for the natives who are beginning to take their 
place in this ministry, but they feel that they should still 
be in the classes too, which is true. 

In closing, let me say — We need help! If you feel that 
the Lord would have you in Africa, don't hesitate — it's 
a good country, the people are grand! There is yet a 
great work to be done, and you'll be happy in it if you 
obey His call. 

We have mosquitoes — sure we do! So do you in 
America. No, the people aren't all grand, neither are 
they in America. We have bad storms here — sure we 
do! But it seems to me I heard over the radio not so 
long ago about some terrible storms and floods in Amer- 
ica. It gets awfully hot out here — sure it gets warm! 
But no worse than in America. Sure we get tired. 
Don't you all get- tired too sometimes and wish for a 
furlough? 

[Note: Yes, Mrs. Kliever, I get tired too, here in 
America. Tired of preaching to empty pews! Tired of 
hearing complaints about long sermons! Tired of people 
too tired to come to prayer meeting! If I were a young 
man today — Goodbye, Long Beach! Goodbye, Washing- 
ton! Goodbye, white folks all! I'd be off for Africa — 
off where they have no clocks — off to where I could for 
once in my life finish a sermon! — L. S. B.] 



EDITORIALLY SPEAKING 

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as the scribes" with their "probablies" and "possiblies" 
and "presumablies" and "as-it-weres." 

Modernism is famous for its uncertainties. What the 
souls of lost men crave is certainty. Whether we like 
Roman Catholicism or not, its strength lies in the fact 
that, right or wrong, it speaks as if with authority. 
Men like that. The uncertain road sign is despised. 
The weakness of Protestantism is the fact that it seems 
headed down a blind alley, seeking to clean up the alley 
as it goes, but landing nowhere. Let us have an author- 
itarian voice, but let that voice be the voice of the "God, 
who . . . hath in these last days spoken unto us by his 
Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by 
whom also he made the worlds . . . upholding all things 
by the word of his power" (Heb. 1:1-3). 

What our "sister church" — the Church of the Breth- 
ren — needs is to get out of the dark alley that leads to 
Nowhereism, and to return to the faith of their — and 
our — fathers, to whom the Word of God was a word of 
authority in the faith and practice that leads home to 
God. It needs to separate itself from that hodge-podge 
of pagan religion and Communism, misnamed "The Fed- 
eral Council of the Churches of Christ," and join with 
the fundamentalists, and sing over as it used to sing: 

"Faith of our fathers! living still 
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword, 
O how our hearts beat high with joy 
When'er we hear that glorious word! 
Faith of our fathers! holy faith! 
We will be true to thee till death!" 



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A FRESHMAN SCHOOL TEACHER 



By BEN HAMILTON, JR. 



Fog enveloping the African coast as our ship put into 
Pointe-Noire was neither denser nor more confusing 
than the haze which greeted students and teacher of 
Bassai"s Junior Bible School on April 5, 1948. 

Six Karre, five Tali, and one Gongni Christian worker 
assembled at the Bassai school house with mingled feel- 
ings. Armed to the teeth with notes intended to en- 
lighten the students, the teacher entered the classroom 
mentally equipped with all the trappings of a timid 
Freshman entering his first day in the halls of higher 
academic learning. For the Junior Bible School in- 
structor had never really had genuine experience in 
being combined dean, professor, disciplinarian and ar- 
biter for a group of students of any sort of Bible school 
level. 

Knowing that though the students could read Sango 
it was known also that the majority could not read 
Karre, So the first order of the day was that, for a 
starter, the class on the Gospel of John would learn to 
read Karre John in class. But that was a "boner" and 
there was an incipient revolt threatening. 

Had it not been made plain beforehand that all 
classes would be in Karre? Yes! Were the students 
refusing to comply? No. they did not want to take class 
time for learning how to read. What was wanted? They 
would devote time after school to having these students 
who could read Karre teach those who didn't know. 
Some of the Karre students volunteered. At first only 
three could read Karre in class. Yet in much less than 
halfway through the school year, the whole student body 
could read Karre. with only two having slight difficulty. 

This was the first case requiring arbitration which 
was settled amicably. Others were settled expediently, 
if not always to individual personal liking. But as each 
problem arose for ironing out, each e.xperience provided 
an opportunity to study native thinking and in some 
slight measure see how to deal with the natives in the 
way that provided best understanding. Naturally, 
Freshman Hamilton could not unravel many of the 
mysteries of the African psychological problems. But 
the Junior Bible School teacher's education was appre- 
ciably enlarged. 

The three classes taught were John, Salvation, and Old 
Testament. Lectures were given in John, verse by 
verse. Each student had a notebook, and in those note- 
books they copied material from the blackboard which 
contained the highlights of the lecture material. By 
copying the notes written on the board, each student 
had in his possession a working manual of the Gospel of 
John, containing notes to help them in preaching from 
John. A similar procedure was used in connection with 
the other two classes. 

The first half of the school vear, the students were 
required to give a seminar sermon on an assigned pas- 
sage in John. As most of the students had no concep- 
tion of what was expected in this way, the instructor 
prepared brief pointers, but the different students were 
to develop their own messages. If these prepared point- 
ers were to be incorporated in the students' messages 



they were to be re-worded so as to be subordinated to 
the students' own preparation. 

However, the plan almost died at birth through the 
teacher's own accidental "gumming of the works." The 
first seminar sermon in the series was given by a stu- 
dent who apparently had not too much preaching expe- 
rience. His sermon consisted of nervously reading word 
for word the page of pointers I had given him. much as 
a sixth-grader would laboriously try to read a highly 
technical treatise on differential calculus without un- 
derstanding the text. But by having the following week 
a student who read Karre w'ell and who had done con- 
siderable preaching before, deliver a seminar sermon, 
the plan for seminar sermons blossomed forth quite 
satisfactorily. 

Following each sermon, the students were encouraged 
to make comments on the messages. The first few times 
such scanty comments as were made were offered amid 
much embarrassment on the part of the speakers. Bat 
it was not too long until that attitude vanished. Then 
the teacher would give pointers on how to improve de- 
livery, avoid repetition excessively of certain unimpor- 
tant "pet expressions." For in Karre, as in English, 
various persons have favorite phrases which, if used 
over and over, tend to become boring. 

In the absence of Karre New Testaments, Sango New 
Testaments had to be used for preaching and classroom 
purposes. Sango has a valuable place in our mission's 
work and this value must not be ignored. However, 
Junior Bible School demonstrated over and over again 
the inadequacy of Sango for accurately making known 
the matchless riches of the New Testament. ■ 

Rare was the day that students didn't ask, "Mister, 
what does this Sango word in Karre mean?" Often it 
would be a word whose meaning was not clear to me. 
This involved searching the Sango-English dictionary, 
finding the English word in the verse concerned, and 
checking with the Karre. 

Sango vocabulary is abbreviated in contrast with the 
vernacular languages. It is true that much more can 
be said in Sango than in a phony such as Basic English. 
But where one word must be used in Sango to mean 
several widely disconnected ideas, the vernacular will 
clearly define such distinctions with various words. One 
of the seminar sermons very clearly demonstrated this: 

One student, wishing to prove that God is Spirit, re- 
ferred his hearers to Mark 6:49. Tlie Authorized Ver- 
sion, alas, does have the word "spirit" there and much 
more unfortunately so does the Sango have the word 
"spirit" (yingo). Not knowing the Greek nor the Kaire 
versions, the student felt he was justified in using Mark 
6:49. In making the after-sermon remarks it was nec- 
essary to point out that in place of the Mark passage, 
John 4:24 should be used to prove that Gcd is spirit. It 
was necessary to point out that the original language of 
the New Testament uses, in Mark 6:49, a word which 
means "phantom." Next it had to be shown that where- 
as the Sango made no distinction the Karre did. for in 
Mark 6: 49 the Karre uses the word which means "ghost" 



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or "phantom." When this was pointed out, the students 
saw and appreciated the difference and saw the impor- 
tance of rightly dividing the Word of truth that they 
might not be workmen that need to be ashamed. 

The argument that those who had been trained lo 
read in Sango would not wish to read in Karre because 
it was too difficult to make the change, as many natives 
have tried to argue, was once and for all blasted (aorist 
of the verb demolished) after the arrival of the Kaire 
New Testaments. For several weeks there had been 
drills in which various passages were called and the 
first to stand up and read it received a point. There was 
not undue difficulty in finding and reading places in the 
Sango New Testament. But there seemed to be an 
element of doubt about whether the same fluency would 
hold with the Karre New Testament. 




LAST YEAR'S JUNIOR BIBLE SCHOOL 

"There is grey matter in those upper stories." 
(See editorial.) 

The first day the Junior Bible School got their Karre 
New Testaments, we had drill. Many found it easier 
to locate passages in the Karre and some who had been 
having trouble reading Sango read Karre with greater 
ease. Nor should this be surprising from two counts: 
(1) Which, dear reader, would you find easier to read, 
an English New Testament or a Spanish Testament (if 
Spanish were not your native tongue) ? The differ- 
ence between Karre and Sango is about that. (2) Were 
you an Englishman could you not read an American 
publication with a reasonable degree of understanding'' 
Of course, you say. In a similar way it was not difficult 
for the Tali students and the Gongni students to read 
Karre, for Karre, Pana, Gongni, Pondo, and Tali are all 
related to each other even as London English, Amer- 
can, Canadian, Australian, and South African English 
are all interrelated. 

Thus for 28 weeks of classes, Bassai Junior Bible 
School chugged along. In exchange for their pastor 
teaching them from the Bible, the students taught him 
how to use Karre a bit more smoothly than before and 
at the same time helping their pastor to enlarge his 
Karre vocabulary. 

Came the morning of November 21. The Jobsons 
came to visit Bassai. Seated on benches across the 
front of the Bassai church was the Junior Bible School 

January 8, 1949 



student body bedecked in finest haberdashery. From 
the invocation to the benediction the entire program 
was carried on by the Bible School, save for the giving 
out of certificates of study and a message brought by 
Dr. Jobson in addition to the morning sermon. 

As this is being written, this is a hot lonely Monday 
morning (November 22). The Junior Bible School is 
on a homeward march. The final farewells, for the 
most part, have long ago been said, and the Freshman 
Schoolteacher is vaguely thinking of his sophomore 
year which lies ahead. The fog has dissolved a little 
bit, too. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 

(Continued from Page 20) 

Church. Sunnyside. Wash 67.00 

Church. Winona Lake. Ind 10.00 

W. M. C. Winchester. Va 47.37 

Church. Vicksburg. Pa 27.61 

W. M. C Singer Hill, Pa 5.00 

Church, Juniata. Pa. 6.00 

Church. Albany, Oreg 28.84 

Church. Conemaugh. Pa. 20.76 

Gingrich, Miss Doris, Conemaugh, Pa 5.00 

Church. Mundy's Comer. Pa 15.00 

407.25 

Dunninq Fund — 

Cleaver, Miss Florence, Falls City. Nebr. (Spe- 
cial Gift for Mrs. Dunning ) 5.00 

Knipper. Mr. and Mrs. R. F.. North English. 
Iowa 4.00 

New Brunswick Bible Church. N. J. (Special 
Gift) 20.00 

29.00 

Byron Fund — 

Lortz. Mr. Everett. North English, Iowa 25.00 

Myers Fund — 
Lortz, Mr. Everett. North English. Iowa 25.00 

Hiil Fund— 
Daily Vacation Bible School. Biiena Vista. Va. 

(Special Gift for Elizabeth Ann Hilll 25.66 

Mishler F^ind — 

W. M. C Sterling. Ohio (Special Gift) 5.00 

Haley. Mrs. Ralph. Wooster. Ohio 2.50 

7.50 

Wagner Fund — 

Church. Clayhole. Ky. (Special Gift) 5.72 

Larson. Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Maywood, Calif. 

(Special) 10.00 

15.72 

Beaver Fund — 

W. M. C. California District 10.00 

California District Conference 50.00 

60.00 

Sickel Fund — 

Student Missionary Union of the Bible Institute 

of Los Angeles. Calif. (Special Gift) 20.00 

Hamilton Fund — 
Student Missionary Union of the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles. Calif. (Special Gift) 10.00 

Kliever Fund — 
Student Missionary Union of the Bible Institute 

of Los Angeles, Calif. (Special Gift) 20.00 

Kliever, Mrs. K.. Santa Barbara. Calif. (Special 

Gift) 20.00 

40.00 

Sheldon Fund — 

Student Missionary Union of the Bible Institute 
of Los Angeles. Calif. (Special Gift) 20.00 

GIFTS OUTSIDE THE F. M. S. 
Hamlett, Miss Gerry (Africa) — 

S. S. and C. E.. Whittier, Calif 352.00 

Goodman. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin, Sr. (India) — 

Noon. Mr. and Mrs. Byron R., Johnstown. Pa. 10.00 

Pe-^rson, Rev. Claude (Seamen's Work) — 

Baum?n. Dr. Louis S.. Long Beach. Calif. (1st) 25.00 

Funua. Miss Evelyn (Kentucky) — 

Student Missionary Union of the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles. Calif 10.00 

Lpndrum. Hev. and Mrs. Sewell (Kentucky) — 
Student Missionary Union of the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles, Calif 20.00 

Wvcliff Bible Translators, Inc. — 

Winn°more. Mrs. C. M.. Long Beach. Calif. 

(1st) 3.00 

— 420.00 

Total S5.813.67 

Louis S. Bauman. Treas. 
Dallas S. MartirL Fin. Sec 

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Rev. Gerald Teeter, who recently 
united with the church at Martins- 
"burg, Pa., has accepted a call to be- 
come pastor of the church in Cov- 
ington, Ohio. 

Revival meetings at Berne, Ind., 
Jan. 23 to Feb. 6, will be led by Rev. 
Charles H. Ashman. 

If you wish to have your Mission- 
ary Heralds for 1948 bound in one 
volume, send them immediately, pre- 
paid, to the Missionary Herald Com- 
pany. You save two dollars on the 
cost of the bound volume if you fur- 
nish the magazines. 

The revival continues at Flora, 
Ind. There were six decisions for 
Christ, Jan. 19. Prayer-meeting at- 
tendance that week was 84, besides 
an attendance of 35 on another night 
at the men's and women's cottage 
prayer meetings. The church is 
planning a Christian Life Bible Con- 
ference, Jan. 16-21, with Rev. Miles 
Taber. 

Approximately 300 persons attend- 
ed the Christmas banquet of the 
Truthseekers Class of the First 
Church, Long Beach. Calif. The 
choir of this church, directed by Mrs. 
Myranna Coon, presented "The Mes- 
siah," at a Sunday evening service, 
this being the 15th year the oratorio 
has been rendered by the choir. Bro. 
Bill Owens, faithful soul-winner of 
the church, died Dec. 3, following a 
heart attack. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager ... Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreifin Missions Louis S. Bauman 

1369 Potomac Ave S. E.. Washington 3. DC. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calit. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown. Pa 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING SDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayea 

Evangelism R. Paul MlUer 

Touth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



Sunday evening church attendance 
at Leeshurg, Ind., reached 100 when 
the Christmas program was given. 

At Fort Wayne, Ind., the Christ- 
mas program brought out an attend- 
ance of 192. 

The basement walls are completed 
at the new church in Troy, Ohio. 

The California District has a full 
schedule of w i n t e r events. The 
young people will enjoy a skating 
party in South Gate, Jan. 10. The 
ministers' retreat, formerly sched- 
uled for an earlier date, will be held 
Jen. 31 end Feb. 1 at Pacific Pali- 
sades. A Bi'ethren student banquet, 
free to all Brethren students in col- 
lege, seminary, Bible school, etc.. 
will be held in "Whittier, Feb. 25. 

At Listie, Pa., Sunday school at- 
tendance reached 206, Dec. 12. 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman will lead 
the Waynesboro, Pa., church in 
evangelistic meetings. Feb. 7-20. 

The Whittier, Calif., church had a 
record attendance of about 400 per- 
sons at the midweek service recently. 
Perhaps we should add that the 
Christmas prograin was given that 
night. 

Pastors have been asked to report 
the names of Bible readers for 1948 
to the Missionary Herald Company 
not later than Monday, Jan. 10. In 
churches without pastors, the mod- 
erator or Sunday school superin- 
tendent is asked to send us the list. 

The church at Spokane, Wash.. 
may be "way out west," but they 
are expecting a number of distin- 
guished visitors during the coming 
months: Rev. R. Paul Miller in Jan- 
uary, Rev. L. L. Grubb in February, 
Rev. R. D. Barnard in March. Rev. 
Ralph Colburn in April, and Prof. 
Robert Culver in July. 

The Youth Fellowship Conference 
at the North Riverdale church. Day- 
ton, Ohio, Jan. 16-21, will feature 
Rev. Paul G. Jackson, former 
Shakespearean actor, who will give 
characterizations in full costum.e, 
with lighting and musical effects. 

A laymen's rally for the men of 
the Kittanning, Pa., area was held in 
the Kittanning church. Dec. 20, with 
Rev. R. Paul Miller as speaker. 

Ballots have been mailed to the 
members of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Corporation. Please mark 
and return your ballot promptly. 
Don't take anything for granted: 
remember what happened to Dewey. 



BUENA VISTA, VA. 

Time to have a report from the 
First Brethren, Buena Vista, Va. 

We have been without a pastor 
since October 17. Our supply for 
this period has been of the highest 
order. Attendance has been excel- 
lent — Average attendance for morn- 
ing service, 133: evening service, 182: 
midweek service, 60. 

At this writing the Lord has fur- 
nished us with a pastor, for which 
v.'e praise Him — Rev. Galen Lingen- 
felter, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. The 
Lord gave us a house for him to 
move in upon his arrival. We are 
sure that the Lord has blessed in 
a wonderful way in answer to prayer 
for this work. We are looking for 
great things at this place through 
the ministry of this, God's man. 

Plans are under way for the build- 
ing of a parsonage in the near fu- 
ture.— M. M. Teague. 



Mrs. I. R. Miller, deaconess and 
faithful member of the church in 
Grafton, W. Va., died Dec. 22. 

Miss Madeline Smith, member of 
the church in Martinsburg. Pa., is 
serving that church as a Jewish mis- 
sionary, working under the Chicago 
Hebrew Mission. 

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(Hebrews 6:1) 



God in His infinite wisdom and 
mercy called to be with Himself one 
of His most effective young minis- 
ters, early on the morning of De- 
cember 10, 1948, when Rev. Herbert 
R. Bruce went "ever to be with the 
Lord." It seems with forceful real- 
ity that God makes such appoint- 
ments. How far past finding out are 
His ways. 

Little did any one realize that as 
Bro. Bruce entered the pulpit Sun- 
day night, five days before his death, 
to deliver a powerful message on the 
text, "Let Us Go On to Perfection," 
that it would be his last public tes- 
timony at the church. Two young 
men stepped forward at the close of 
the service in dedication to "go on 
to perfection," showing the evidence 
of the effectiveness of Bro. Bruce's 
ministry. Oh! how he expressed the 
urgency of that thought in every 
phase of his life. 

Bro. Bruce was born in Minneap- 
olis, Minnesota, October 11. 1914, of 
devoted Christian parentage. At the 
age of eighteen, during an evange- 
listic campaign held by Rev. Edgar 
E. Swanson in the Elim Covenant 
Church, together with his brother. 
Donald, he accepted Christ as his- 
personal Saviour and was baptized 
into the Covenant Church. His early 
Christian experiences were centered 
about his home church. 

After leaving high school, he felt 
a definite call to the ministry and 
attended the Northwestern Bible 
Institute Evening School and there 
for two years took courses in Doc- 
trine. Synthesis, and Bible training. 
He was zealous in his Christian call- 
ing and went about even at that time 
preaching in the mission, at the jail, 
and on Gospel team work with a 
male quartet from the church. 

It was here that he met Margai-et 
Ekholm and their friendship grew 
into courtship and they were mar- 
ried June 19, 1937. Her companion- 
ship, encouragement, and ministry 
to him during the remainder of his 
life was a great help to his effectual 
work. 

He was employed by the Pillsbury 



By REV. JOSEPH R. HOFFMAN 

Associate Pastor, First Bretliren 
Church of Los Angeles, Calif. 



Flour Company, where success at- 
tended and he was promoted very 
rapidly, transferring to the traffic 
department at Enid. Oklahoma. 
There he attended night school, de- 
voting his time to the study of 
music. He placed his membership 
in the Baptist church, where he di- 
rected the choir. It was in 1940 that 
he felt the call of the Lord to come 
to the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. 
He graduated, cum laude. receiving 
the degree of B.Th. from the Bible 




REV. HERBERT BRUCE 

Theological Seminary in 1943 He 
was class speaker of his graduating 
class and a member of Phi Alpha 
Chi. He studied at Westmont Col- 
lege and was among the honor stu- 
dents scholastically. From there he 
received his B.A. degree. 

In July 1941 he was called as pas- 
tor of the Hope Union Church of 
Rosemead. There God signally 
blessed his work, especially among 
the young people. In studying the 
Scriptures concerning church ordi- 
nances and after counseling with 
Dr. Paul R. Bauman, he was con- 
vinced of the Brethren position and 
sought membership in the Second 
Brethren Church of Los Angeles in 
1943. He was called to pastor the 
First Brethren Church of Los An- 
geles in September 1946. where he 



worked unceasingly until the time 
of his death. 

In 1946 he became a member of 
the faculty of the Bible Institute, 
where he served faithfully, being 
present in his classes up to the day 
prior to his departure. He was pres- 
ident of Biola Alumni 1947-48 and 
president of the ministerial exam- 
ining board of the Brethren Confer- 
ence of California. The forcefulness 
of his zeal is very aptly expressed in 
his life verse, "For the love of Christ 
constraineth us; because we thus 
judge, that if one died for all. then 
were all dead: And that he died for 
all, that they which live should not 
henceforth live unto themselves, but 
unto him which died for them, and 
rose again" (II Cor. 5:14, 15). 

May God burn deep into the 
hearts of each of us at First Breth- 
ren Church the following charge, 
found in his own handvi/riting un- 
finished on paper from his d e s k 
scratch pad: 

"Dearly beloved: As a Church of 
Jesus Christ, it is your responsibility 
to afford a flaming evangel of the 
Gospel here and to the ends of the 
earth, to offer comfort and solace to 
the weary along life's pathway, to 
conduct yourselves in such a way as 
to encourage worship of Almighty 
God in your assemblies, and to make 
available to all men a teaching min- 
istry which will edify and build up 
the saints of God: To this end God 
hath set an Under-shepherd over 
you to . . ." AMEN. 



Funeral services for Bro. Bruce 
were held in the First Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles and the Cov- 
enant Church in Minneapolis. Dr. 
Kenneth M. Monroe delivered the 
sermon at Los Angeles, being as- 
sisted in the service by other min- 
isters. At Minneapolis the pastor of 
the local church delivered the ser- 
mon, and Dr. Paul R. Bauman spoke 
briefly, representing the Brethren 
Church. A memorial service was 
also held at the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles. Burial was in Minne- 
apolis. 



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How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




DID CHRIST PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD OR WAS THAT PRIVILEGE LEFT FOR THE 
APOSTLES AND SUCCEEDING WITNESSES? By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 



Failure to carefully define terms 
here would open the door for a very 
heated argument. Therefore, let us 
consider the Gospel oj Grace and 
the grace of the Gospel from sev- 
eral viewpoints. 

1. It is well that we be agreed as 
to the meaning of the term grace. 
It has been defined as "the free, 
unmerited, and unmeritable favor 
of God to man." Grace may be ex- 
tended to an individual, to a nation, 
to a company of persons, or revealed 
in a special way during an age. 

2. When we speak of the Gospel 
of the Grace of God we do not mean 
that our day is the first time God 
has ever offered any grace to the 
race. Grace was seen immediately 
after the sin of Adam and Eve. 
Their being clothed with the skins 
of animals was a favor shown to 
them. The cost of this favor was 
the death of the innocent victims, 
the animals from which the skins 
were taken. All this looked for- 
ward to the infinite, innocent Lamb 
of Calvary who was to bear the guilt 
of all sin. 

Again, there was grace even with 
the giving of the law, for after God 
gave the law, a part of which in- 
cluded the sacrifices, God made it 
clear that the altar which was to be 
built was to be of stone, but not "of 
hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy 
tool upon it, thou hast polluted it" 
(Ex. 20:24-26). In this way we see 
the revelation oj grace, also God's 
rejection of human self effort in ap- 
proach to Him. Since the Gospel 
means good news, there could be no 
Gospel to a rebellious, sinful race 
except it be the provision of God's 
grace. 

3. The more exact meaning of 
the Gospel of the Grace of God 
should be considered in a threefold 
manner. 

First, the Gospel of the Grace of 
God was a special revelation to the 
Apostle Paul and this revelation was 
never fully given before, nor through 
any other servant of God. Paul is 



the one special channel throu.ah 
whom God reveals this precious 
truth. Due to this fact, the Apostle 
Paul was chosen to write more books 
of the New Testament than any 
other man. A full explanation of 
these facts will be found in Gala- 
tians and Ephesians. 

In the second place, the Gospel of 
the Grace of God has a special ap- 
plication to the particular age in 
which we live. It is an age in which, 
upon the basis of Christ's perfect 
sacrifice on Calvary, all judgment 
upon a sinful race has been post- 
poned. The gracious provision of 
Calvary is enjoyed by all men 
everywhere in this age, inasmuch as 
God offers His salvation, which may 
be rejected by inen, without imme- 
diate judgment. 

In the third place, the Gospel of 
the Grace of God is specially man- 
ifested in the calling out from all 
nations of the Church which is His 
body. Throughout the age of grace 
God commands all men everywhere 
to repent, and takes from the na- 
tions of the earth a people for His 
name. No group of redeemed will 
ever be exalted higher in the ages 
to come than the New Testament 
Church, which is His body. 

4. As for the message which 
Christ preached it should be clas- 
sified under at least two general 
heads. First of all. He preached the 
Gospel of the Kingdoin as recorded 
by Matthew, offering to the Jewish 
nation the responsibility to receive 
Him as King and Messiah. If they 
had received Him. they would have 
received the kingdom and the Old 
Testament promises of the kingdom 
would have followed in detailed ful- 
fillment. 

Christ also preached a message of 
grace, for His message gave men a 
basis whereby they could come to 
redemption relationship with God. 
Christ's messages to Nicodemus and 
the woman at the well are definitely 
characterized by grace. These peo- 
ple were offered the grace of the 



Gospel in that they might be saved. 

From Hebrews 2:3 we learn that 
this great salvation (which is always 
by grace) "first began to be spoken 
by the Lord, and was confirmed unto 
us by them that heard him." This 
indicates that our Lord presented 
the grace of the Gospel. 

5. It should also be reinembered 
that although our Lord preached the 
grace of the Gospel, He left the 
preaching of the Gospel of Grace to 
others. Our Lord Himself affirmed 
this when He said, "Verily, verily I 
say unto you. He that believeth on 
me, the works that I do shall he do 
also: and greater works than these 
shall he do; becaitse I go unto my 
Father" (John 14:12). 

The complete provision for the 
Gospe! of the Grace of God was not 
made until after Christ went to Cal- 
vary, arose from the dead, and 
ascended into heaven as our Advo- 
cate. On the basis of this fact, we 
need to remember that Christ did 
not come into the world to preach 
the Gospel of Grace, but He came 
into the world that there might be 
a Gospel of Grace to preach. 

The finished Gospel of Grace de- 
clares God's purpose in the salva- 
tion of the sinner, his daily security 
based upon Christ's high-priestly 
work, the promise of personal resur- 
rection or translation, and the glori- 
fication of the Church which is His 
body. 

We who preach this message do 
what even Christ was unable to do 
in the days of His flesh. 



PROTESTANT BOYS' CENTER 

"God's Acres," a fundamentalist 
equivalent of Nebraska's famous 
Boys Town, will be opened soon, 50 
miles northwest of Chicago. Rev. 
Peter Tanis, who is leading in this 
venture, says it will be a place 
where unfortunate boys can get to 
know the Lord. In addition to in- 
dusti'ial training there will be two 
hours of Bible study daily. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 




THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

REV. C. S. ZIMMERMAN, Editor 




THE PURPOSE OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



By REV. ROBERT E. A. MILLER, Martinsburg, Pa. 



The writer does not assume to be 
an expert of any kind in the work 
of the Sunday school. He is con- 
vinced that the importance of the 
Sunday school has been overlooked 
too long in the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches. It is to be 
strongly hoped that the last-minute 
action of the recent National Con- 
ference in creating a new Sunday 
school board will prove fruitful and 
indicative of a new era for Brethren 
Sunday schools throughout the na- 
tion. 

Without going into historical de- 
tail, it is safe to say that the Sunday 
school idea started for the main pur- 
pose of reaching boys and girls for 
Christ. It is hard to visualize in 
these days what it must have been 
like in the churches before there was 
Sunday school. Surely there must 
have been a far greater responsibil- 
ity resting on the parents, and a 
great deal less accomplished in the 
church towards a strong youth par- 
ticipation in spiritual things. 

If the Sunday school is not first of 
all evangelistic in emphasis, it has 
little purpose for existence. By 
"evangelistic" is not meant that only 
the boys and girls outside of the 
family-membership of the church 
are to be reached for Christ. No 
one can ignore the Sunday school as 
the potent means of reaching the 
boys and girls of the parent-mem- 
bership. Check into your own ex- 
perience and you will no doubt find 
that the Sunday school loomed large 
in your acceptance of Christ as your 
personal Saviour. It is the writer's 
personal testimony that he made his 
decision for Christ as a direct re- 
sult of the evangelistic emphasis of 
the First Brethren Sunday School in 
Philadelphia. The teacher taught 
the Word of God in order to bring 
the scholars into a saving knowledge 
of Jesus Christ. The teacher urged 
the step of public confession of 
Christ. He went forward with the 
boys if desired. While the lessons 
presented the doctrines of God's 
Word, the teacher never failed to 



make the practical application of 
the truth taught. Almost without 
exception, as far as the memory of 
this Sunday-school boy goes, the 
class members were led to the front 
of the church for personal confession 
of Jesus Christ as Saviour. As fun- 
damental and basic as this emphasis 
is, it is not all that the Sunday school 
should accomplish. 

The Sunday school must also be 
enthusiastic in its encouragement of 




REV. R. E. A. MILLER 

the entire work of the church and 
its world-wide witness. It was in 
the Sunday school that this scholar 
received his first appreciation for 
the worship services of the church. 
It became the accepted thing to stay 
for the church service. Where bet- 
ter can it be inculcated into the 
child's heart to worship the Lord 
and feed on the preached Word than 
through the proper emphasis on the 
various services of the church of 
which he is now a member? Many 
Sunday schools fail miserably here 
and all because of the lack of fore- 
sight in planning to accomplish one 
of the important purposes of the 
Sunday school's over-all program. 
Here it can be said, too, that the 
Sunday school is the place where 
the child learns to pray. As he prays 
for the preacher, the teacher, and 
the missionaries, he becomes per- 
sonally attached to the miinistry of 
the church as a whole. The mis- 
sionary emphasis through prayer 
and offerings cannot be better done 
than by the Sunday school. Many 
a boy's heart is fired with the pas- 



sion to be a missionary right in the 
Sunday-school class, or in the spe- 
cial missionary service. When the 
superintendent, the teacher, and all 
connected with the Sunday school 
enthusiastically tie in every activity 
with the over-all church witness, 
the Sunday school is fulfilling part 
of its true purpose. 

No matter how evangelistic, and 
regardless of all the well-integrated 
enthusiasm engendered for the work 
of the Lord in the church, the Sun- 
day school will fail, in fact it will 
be unable to carry on very long 
without an educational emphasis 
that will provide future teachers. 
The teacher is the heart of the Sun- 
day school itself. And the school 
that leaves its training program en- 
tirely up to some outside agency is 
"penny-wise and pound-foolish." 
After all is said and done, the teach- 
er trained by his own Sunday school 
is the best-trained for the job. Think 
it over! But the Sunday school must 
provide the best! 



SHAPING THE IMMORTAL 
CESTINY OF SOULS 

Another purpose of the Sunday , 
school is to provide a workshop for 
the church. It is in the Sunday 
school th"t wor-'.ers ere trained. 

Most people like to be busy and to 
have definite work assigned to them. 
One of the reasons for the inactive 
church member is that he has not 
been given anything to do. The 
Sunday school provides just such a 
place for this sort of work. It is 
true that all cannot be teachers, nor 
can all be officers in the church and 
Sunday school, but it is certain that 
with the proper training and organ- 
ization the Sunday school can put 
to work many who are now idle. 

Some can be given the task of 
furnishing the transportation for 
those who are too far from the 
church to walk to it. Others can be 
given the work of following up the 
absentees, and canvassing for new 
members. — C. S. Z. 



January 8, 7949 



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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 



If there was no Bible club of any 
kind on your school campus, but 
there were a few Christians who de- 
sired to start one, what would you 
do? 

First, talk to the principal or dean 
of the school about the requirements 
for starting a recognized camp lis 
Bible club. Usually this requires a 
faculty advisor, among other things. 
If there is no real Christian on the 
faculty or staff of the school willing 
or able to be the advisor, then ask 
for permission to have an outside 
advisor, such as a live young pastor, 
or youth worker, in your commu- 
nity. 

Then arrange a place of meeting, 
preferably on campus. A room with 
a piano is best, so you can have 
some good singing. Try to arrange 
a room you can have regularly, so 
that evex'yone will know where to 
look for you. Also set a regular 
time for meetings, when most of the 
interested young people can attend. 

To build up your group, arrange 
personal, but brief, visits to the con- 
servative Bible-believing pastors of 
the area. Seek their cooperati'.n, 
and get the names of their young 
people in that school, who ought to 
be interested. Ask him to urge them 
to attend, too. 

Give both personal and written 
invitations to these and other young 
people for your first meeting. Do a 
lot of planning and praying to make 
that first meeting alive, and attrac- 
tive, and interesting, so that ycur 
club will get off to a good start. 

Plan campus prayer meetings, 
early in the morning, or during 
lunch periods, or at o t h e r times. 
Make these brief but frequent. Some 
clubs have daily prayer meetings for 
those who can and will attend. 

Arrange your regular club meet- 
ings every week, or every other 
week. Make them practical and m- 
teresting. Follow a definite course 
of Bible study, or something sim- 
ilar, with discussion of practical 
problems of campus Christianity. 



Advertise your club with attrac- 
tive posters, write-ups. and ads in 
the school paper, etc. Make it the 
livest club on the campus, from the 
standpoint of interesting meetings, 
achievements, advertising, etc. 

Sponsor one or two meetings each 
school year that are largely social 
events, and to which many unsaved 
are invited. Make them especially 
good, and have good refreshments. 
Just before refreshments, have a 
good singspiration and special music, 
followed by a brief but definite 
evangelistic appeal, perhaps by an 



HAVE YOU ORDERED your 
B. Y. F. or C. E. loose-leaf note- 
books yet? These are for secre- 
tary and treasurer, and are well 
arranged to make the keeping of 
good records simple and pleasant. 
Every B. Y. F. and C. E. ought to 
have a pair! Sample sheets and 
order blanks were sent to every 
church recently. If you and your 
pastor failed to receive any, or if 
you lost yours, write the National 
Youth Director, Winona Lake. 
Ind.. and ask for sample pages and 
information. Orders will be filled 
promptly. Payment should ac- 
company orders. Books are S2 a 
pair in stiff canvass, or $3 a pair 
in black flexible imitation leather. 
Price includes over a year's sup- 
ply of pages. 



outsider invited in for this. Then 
during the refreshments, you can 
follow up by personal conversations 
with the unsaved present, and per- 
haps get some definite results. Al- 
ways make it your goal that souls 
will be saved through your Bible 
club. If they are not. get the lead- 
ers together, and ask yourselves 
why not. Then correct the defi- 
ciencies, and ask God for results. 
Campus Bible clubs are getting re- 
sults in many places. Yours can, 
too! 

Sponsor such films as Irwin Moon's 



"God of Creation." "God of the 
Atom." "Voice of the Deep." which 
are prepared especially for school 
consumption. Perhaps you can get 
these for a school assembly period, 
where everyone attends. Always fol- 
low up such efforts with definite ad- 
vertising of your club, personal 
work, etc. 

Magazines like 'Youth for Christ, 
Young Life, His, etc., will give you 
a lot of good ideas for your club. 
You might subscribe for one of each 
for the club, copies to come to differ- 
ent officers, or perhaps subscribe to 
an additional copy for the school 
library. They're attractive maga- 
zines, and may be well-thumbed 
there. 



HERE'S AN IDEA! 

Your Sisterhood group, or some 
other group in your youth set-up, 
might well make a scrap book of 
the "Brethren of Today" page in the 
Missionary Herald. Then eventuid- 
ly you'll have a good collection of 
biographies and pictures of our 
Brethren pastors, leaders, mission- 
aries, etc. For eventually this page 
will include all these. Start back 
with the first page, from a couple of 
months ago. and make provision for 
at least 150 such biographical 
sketches. Probably that many, or 
more, will be included eventually. 
Such a scrapbook would be handy 
in many ways. To keep it up to 
date, you might place the date of 
issue by each biography, and then 
have space on the page for addi- 
tional news notes concerning this 
pastor or missionary, such as a 
change of pastorates, or mission 
fields, etc. 

Also for Sisterhood, and especially 
if you're following the "'King's 
Daughter " series in the Missionary 
Herald, you might develop a 15- 
minute discussion period in each 
meeting on problems of Chiistian 
etiquette and Christian behavior, 
related to these studies. This could 
be both interesting and profitable, 
especially for the early-teen-aged 
girls. 



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The Brethren Missionary Herald 



The Bride's Dowry 



(REVELATION 3:17-20) 



(Excerpts from the Moderator's Add/ess, Northwest District Conference) 



One thing that every girl loves to 
have is a hope chest. From the very 
beginnings of adolescence she begins 
to lay up, at least in her heart, the 
precious things which will some day 
go into the making of her home. 
Then a little later she will purchase 
a beautiful chest, and carefully stoie 
therein pretties of lace and frill, tow- 
els with "His" and "Hers" marked 
on them, pillow cases of wondrous 
workmanship, the beginnings of a 
set of silverware, intimate little 
nothings, and a host of other care- 
fully chosen items. Often she will 
sit by the chest and with starry eyes 
will fondle each dear item. 

Then when some wonderful and 
handsome young man seeks her for 
his own, they together will admire 
and exclaim over the precious hone 
chest. In ancient times the bride 
had a dowry, which in many respects 
was similar to the hope chest. How 
necessary this is. No girl of re- 
spectability could think of the pros- 
pect of marriage without the dowry, 
or a well-filled hope chest. A girl 
becomes well prepared for the com- 
ing of her bridegroom, even though 
she has never yet laid eyes upon 
him. She is preparing by faith for 
his coming. 

God has used just such a picture 
of the Bride preparing for her Heav- 
enly Bridegroom. Revelation 19: 7 
takes us into the courts of heaven 
and presents us before the throne 
of God where stand the Bride and 
the Bridegroom. It is a time of re- 
joicing and exulting, "for the mar- 
riage of the Lamb is come, and hi-: 
wife hath made herself ready." She 
is all prepared, everything is in 
readiness for this most important 
ceremony. But the question comes, 
Where did she prepare? Part of the 
answer is found in the next verse. 
"And to her was granted that she 
should be arrayed in fine linen, clean 
and white: for the fine linen is the 
righteousness of saints." Notice the 
difference in the Revised Version. 
". . . righteous acts of the saints." 
This scene in heaven is not a proc- 



ess, but the result of a long process. 
This is the finale, the culmination, 
the glorious prosnect '' <h'=' '^"t -too- 
distant future. The Brid-? has been 
prepared, the dowry is completed, 
and the Bridegroom has come. 

Today we find a totally different 
picture. The bride is in the process 
of preparation of her dowry. This 
process i s described i n Ephesians 
5:26, 27 as the sanctification and 
cleansing by the washing of water 
by the Word, with the ultimate re- 
sult that "he might present it (the 
Bride) to himself a glorious church, 
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any 
such thing; but that it should be 
holy and without blemish." T o 



By H. E. COLLINGRIDGE 
Sunnyside, Wash. 



help us in the preparation of our 
dowry, our heavenly Bridegroom has 
given to us specific directions and 
helps. Remember, He is to take us 
to be with Him, into a land about 
which we know so little. No sensible 
girl who is going to live with her 
husband in the tropics would put 
into her hope chest items designed 
for use in the Arctic. Instead she 
finds out the things which will be 
needed in that tropical land, and 
goes about securing them. So it is 
with us; we must find out the items 
needed in the heavenly land. What 
will be of value up there? We do 
not know, but we know One who 
does know. And He has not left us 
without directions. 

However, there was one chuich 
represented in Revelation which 
thought they knew what was need- 
ed, but they werj totally wrong. 
How utterly, tragically wrong they 
were. For the letter to the Laodi- 
ceans shows what the Bridegroom 
thinks of the church just before His 
coming for them. . . . This message 
is more than ever for us today. . . . 



I. The Complacency oj the Church. 

Revelation 3:17 expresses her 
opinion of herself. She says, "I am 
rich, and increased with goods, and 
have ne?d of nothing." She says, "I 
am all readv for you. Lord. My 
hope chest is comolete; my garments 
ai-e white and resplendent; my 
dowry is all secured." 

This attitude of complacency 
seems to be the general attitude of 
the whole Church today. We have 
received Christ as Saviour and are 
complete in Him, and need nothini? 
more. The Lord has set His seal 
upon us, and we have gotten the 
riches of His grace, so we can just 
wait for the sound of the trumpet. 
The Lord Jesus warns us in Luke 
12:21 to beware of this attitude of 
thinking thpt the riches of life are 
equivalent to the riches of God. . . . 

The early apostolic church was 
one truly rich — rich in the Spirit. 
Each member was filled with the 
Spirit of God. . . . Their hearts 
burned with concern for the lost and 
sin-cursed world, so that every- 
where thev went the Word was 
proclaimed by them, because thev 
were filled with the Spirit of might 
(Isa. 11:2). They spent much time 
in prayer and supplication, even to 
daily prayer meetinss, being filled 
i»'ith the S n i r i t of sunolications 
(Zech. 12:10). They read, under- 
stoo'l, and e-^io-"°d th° Word of God, 
not being s?tisfied with cei-monettes 
and twenty-minute Bible studies, 
because thev we^'e filled -vvith the 
Spirit of truth (John 14:17). This 
issued in a life of practical holiness, 
making the church respected bv the 
world outside, for it is said of them 
that they ivere held in favor by the 
people. The reason for this was that 
they were filled with the Soirit of 
holiness, and followed His leading 
and direction as He spoke to them. 

Though this early church was 
poverty-stricken, scattered by per- 
secution, continually having a fight 
with the hosts of darkness, yet their 
dowry was rich, their hope chest 
full. Why? Because they were 



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Aev. ajid Krs. Blaine Snyder 
Vinona Lak:e, Ind. 



filled and controlled by the Holy 
Spirit of God. . . . 

May God help us, pastors and 
people, to consider the riches of 
God, and to compare what we have 
with what God wants to give us. 

II. The Condition of the Church. 

The blessed Bridegroom is even 
now standing in the midst of the 
people, viewing with sadness the ab- 
ject condition of His bride. Remem- 
ber, this One who sees His Bride is 
the faithful and true witness. His 
witness is without error. But sure- 
ly He is not saying oj us that ice 
are wretched and miserable, and 
poor, and blind, and naked! He 
must be wrong! The answer to this 
objection is found in the three little 
words, "and knowest not." Many 
crazy people do not know they ere 
crazy. A baby born blind does not 
know it is blind. So it is that many 
Christians have been blinded by the 
delusion of riches, and of works, and 
of ceremonies, to the realities of the 
Spirit. They do not know what is 
the matter, until the Lord begins to 
deal with them. They are just com- 
mon middle-of-the-road people, not 
overly wicked, not overly righteous, 
neither hot nor cold, but just luke- 
■warm. 

Is it not true that we are not con- 
sumed with a passion for the lost? 
That we are not anxious to attend 
prayer meetings? That we become 
worried, and fretful instead of glad- 
ly relying upon God to work out our 
problems? That we do not love to 
search out the truths of the Word, 
for there is so much we do not un- 
derstand? That many times we are 
held in reproach by the people of 
our community? That we do not 
seek after holiness of life and char- 
acter with all the passion of o u r 
beings? That we are not merciful, 
forbearing, longsuffering? 

Oh, my brethren, let wi fall be- 
fore God confessing thit we are 
wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and 
naked. We are destitute of a dowry, 
our hope chest is empty. With such 
a picture before us, dare we com- 
placently pray, "Come quickly. Lord 
Jesus"? 

III. The Co^^nsel oj the Lord to the 
Church. 

In the face of all this, is it not 



wonderful that our Lord Jesus, our 
Bridsgroom, is gracious and long- 
suffering? When we come to Him, 
viewing His righteousness. His utter 
holiness, we can do nothing but e.K- 
claim, "Woe is me, I am the chief 
of sinners, and not worthy to be 
called Thy child. I'm not worthy to 
be Thy messenger, Thy servant, Thy 
bride." 

But notice the counsel of the Lord 
in verses 18-20, "Buy of me ... I 
p.tsnd at the door . . . my voice . . . 
I will come in . . . will sup ... he 
with me." The riches of grace, the 
Vv-orks of righteousness, the illumi- 
nated eye, the conscious and peace- 
ful communion all center in Chri-sf. 
The secret of the preparation of the 
dowry is found in turning our ey^3S 
upon Jesus, and looking full in His 
wonderful face. . . . 

Conclusion. 

Still some will say that the Lord 
is not speaking of us, not of our dis- 
trict, nor our church, nor of me in- 
dividually. He is talking about some 
other person and some other church. 
The path to preparation for the 
coming of the Lord leads past the 
words, "thou knowest not." The 
continuous prayer of every member 
of this conference should be that 
God will make His own mind known 
to each of us, that we might be pre- 
sented to our blessed Lord a glorious 
church, without snot or wrinkle. 



DR. M4>iiR PROPOSES SPIRITUAL 
UNITY 

In a recent "Town Meeting of the 
Air" broadcast. Dr. Walter A. Maier 
advocated the spiritual unity of the 
churches on a sound Scriptural 
basis. He proposed that a series of 
conferences be arranged, with a 1 1 
Protestant groups represented, in 
which the teachings of the Word of 
God would be accepted as final by 
all parties. 

Dr. Truman B. Douglass advo- 
cated an all-out organic union for 
the churches, and Dr. E. Stanley 
Jones proposed his plan for a Fed- 
eral Union. 



FEDERAL COUNCIL CONVENTION 

Reports from the 40th anniversary 
convention of the Federal Council 
of Churches of Christ in America 
recently held in Cincinnati indicate 
that it has not changed much in 
character. 

Progress was reported in setting 
up the new National Council of 
Churches of Christ in the U. S. A., 
which has all the earmarks of a 
super-church. Fourteen denomina- 
tions, with a membership of more 
than 23,000,000, have ratified the new 
organization. 

Plans for controlling the growth 
of non-Council denominations in 
new housing areas were discussed. 
One planning commission works in 
close cooperation with the govern- 
ment, making it very difficult for 
Fundamental churches to be built 
in new housing areas. 

Doctrinally, the Council made no 
progress, failing to take a firm stand 
on the deity of Christ. A Mary- 
worshipping denomination was re- 
ceived into membership. Pronounce- 
ments were made against fascism, 
but none again communism. 



.MISSIONS IN COMMUNIST CHINA 

Missionary work in China is fac- 
ing new difficulties because of the 
advance of the Communist forces. 
"Whatever the fate of foreign -o'ork- 
ers," say United Evangelical Action, 
"Chinese pastors can carry on if 
thev have stout hearts and strong 
backs. . . . Foreign missionaries, es- 
pecially Americans, are proving an 
embarrassment to the Chinese pas- 
tor or Christian worker. In in- 
stances, it is better if the outside 
missionary evacuates." 

Dr. W. S. Flowers, field secretary 
of the China Medical Association, 
states that "the Communist attitude 
at present is one of active opoosition. 
Preaching is prohibited. Churches 
are closed down. Foreign mission- 
aries generally are being ordered 
out of the area, sometimes after ill- 
treatment or public trial." 



FOUNDER'S WEEK 

The annual Founder's Week Cor.- 
ference at the Moody Bible Institute 
will be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. Speak- 
ers include Dr. J. Edwin Orr, Rev. 
Andrew Gih, Dr. Wilbur M. Smith. 
Dr. Oswald Smith, and Dr. Irwin 
Moon. 



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January 8, 1949 




0LUME11,NUMBER3 



W. M. C. NUMBER 



JANUARY 15, 1949 










NEWS BRIEFS 



OF NATIONAL INTEREST 



Rev. Arnold R. Krieghaum has re- 
signed as pastor of the church at 
Waterloo. Iowa, effective April 3. 
Beginning about June 1 he plans to 
do pioneer work in the establishing 
of a church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
During the intervening months he 
will be taking a much-needed vaca- 
tion and preparing for the new work. 

On Dec. 19 the cornerstone was 
laid at the new church in Wooster, 
Ohio. The inscription reads, "Jesus 
Christ the Chief Cornerstone." Pas- 
tor Kenneth Ashman reports that 95 
per cent of the membership was 
present at a recent communion seiw- 
ice. Offerings are averaging more 
than $300 weekly. The church has 
renewed its Herald subscription list, 
being more than 100 per cent. 

Rev. Galen Lingenfelter's new ad- 
dress is Box 362, Buena Vista, Va. 

The Vicksburg church, near Holli- 
dayshurg, Pa., has just become 100 
per cent in Missionary Herald circu- 
lation. This was accomplished with- 
out any difficulty, for the pastor. 
Rev. Dean I. Walter, simply gave 
the Herald as a Christmas present 
to all of his members and a number 
of others. 

The quarterly report of Pastor 






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S, M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Ifouth Ralph Colbam 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen .O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



Mark Malles at Flora, Ind., shows 
that during the three-month period 
there were 22 first-time confessions. 
26 believers confessed sin. 19 were 
baptized. 14 new members were 
added by baptism, and all attendance 
figures show a marked increase over 
a year ago. 

Within the next few days. Rev. 
aiid Mrs. Bruce Button will begin 
their Jewish evangelism ministry 
under the direction of the Home 
Missions Council. During the first 
few months they will be receiving 
additional training at established 
Jewish missions in preparation for 
the founding of a Brethren mission 
to the Jews. 

The church at Kittanning, Pa., is 
putting the Gospel Truth on the 
local radio station (WACB, 1380 kc.) 
for a trial period. Friday at 8: 09 
a. m. is the time, though this may be 
changed soon. Bro. James K. Bov.'- 
ser, a high-school senior, completed 
15 years of perfect attendance at the 
branch Sunday school at Skinall re- 
cently, and he was given recognition 
on the front page of the local news- 
paper. The church is looking for- 
ward to revival meetings, Jan, 24 to 
Feb. 6. with Rev. Henry Rempel. 

Martm Luf/ier said, "For several 
years I have read the whole Bible 
through twice every twelve months," 
If you need God half as much as 
Luther did, you will surely plan to 
read the Bible through at least once 
in 1949. 

Rev. Burl A. Washburn has ac- 
cepted the unanimous call of the 
congregation at Alexandria. Va.. to 
become their interim pastor, and he 
began his ministry thei'e the first of 
the year. 

Copies of the World Day of Prayer 
program published by the American 
Council are now available. They 
may be obtained without charge by 
writing to the American Council of 
Christian Churches, 15 Park Row, 
New York 7, N. Y. The date of the 
World Day of Prayer is March 4. 



Bro. Eugene Burns, office manager 
of the Missionary Herald Company, 
just brought us some figures which 
show that Brethren people are really 
learning to "B^iy Brethren." In 1947 
the total sales for the month of De- 
cember were S3.346.45; in 1948 the 
sales for the month amounted to 
$7,097.40. an increase of 112 per cent 
in one year. However, a large por- 
tion of these sales were on credit, 
and the Company bank account com- 
pletely disappeared by the end of 
the month. Prompt payment of your 
invoices, and your continued patron- 
age, will be appreciated by your 
publishing company. 

Bro. George E. Coiie, Jr., home 
from Bryan University for the 
Christmas vacation, preached at the 
Danville, Ohio, church, Dec, 26. 

The dates of the revival meetings 
at Berne, Ind., have been changed 
to Jan. 16-30. Rev. Charles Ashman 
is the evangelist. Rev. Ord Gehman. 
pastor of the church, has been called 
for another year's service. 

There were 67 first-time decisions 
for Christ at the church in Canton, 
Ohio, during 1948. A goal of 100 
has been set for 1949. 



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BOYS CLUBS PLAN NEW PROJECT 



WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 



If you were in a class in school 
where the teacher began to ridicule 
the Bible, or teach contrary to it, 
what would you do? It is not an 
uncommon thing to have the situa- 
tion we have just described happen, 
especially in high-school science 
classes. 

There are some Christians who 
just keep silent, and keep their 
thoughts to themselves. Is this the 
wise thing to do? Why not? 

If you keep silent, no one will 
know^ that you disagree with the 
teacher, and with the false teaching 
about the Bible. There may be 
other Christians in the class who 
would speak up, if you took the lead. 
Are we ashamed of Christ, and the 
Bible? No? Then let's speak up 
for them. 

But you say, ''I don't know enough 
about the Bible to defend it in class." 
Probably most of us don't. That 
ought to be more of an incentive to 
study it, and to find out all we can 
about it. But the Bible is its own 
best defense. And the Bible doesn't 
disagree with the facts of science — 
only with the theories of science. 
And we can state that. Then when 
the apparent disagreements are 
brought up, we can talk to our pas- 
tors about them. If we don't know 
the answers, they should! And we 
can bring the answer back to the 
class frr the next period. We can 
be witnesses for Christ and defend- 
ers of the faith in this way. 

If we keep silent, in a way we are 
giving assent to the untruths that 
are spoken. And that may in time 
make us doubt what we do believe. 
We may find our own faith shaking, 
and that is bad! To fortify our own 
faith we need to speak up for Christ. 

And if we keep silent we are fail- 
ing those around us, as well as 
Christ, and ourselves. They may 
need the testimony of one who be- 



lieves the Bible, and knows why. 
Doubts about the Bible may be the 
thing that is keeping them from 
Christ. Loyalty to Christ, and our 
obligation to others demands that 
we speak up for Him. 

So let's develop the habit, early in 
life, of standing up for Christ. When- 
ever He is evil spoken of, or His 
Word is ridiculed, let's speak up for 
Him, and speak up like men and 
women. In so doing, we'll be stand- 
ing with some of the greatest scien- 
tists and statesmen of all time who. 
too, have been loyal followers of 
Christ. 



HERE'S AN IDEA! 

Do you have a good story-teller 
in your B. Y. F.? Then have that 
person take five minutes at each 
B. Y. F. meeting and tell the story 
of one of the early Christian mar- 
tyrs. There are dozens of such 
stories that you can get from "Fox's 
Book of Martyrs" and other sources. 
They are thrilling, too, and their 
telling would be a challenge to all 
of us. That would make an inter- 
esting sidelight, in addition to the 
regular lesson, for our B.Y.F.'s and 
C.E.'s. 




*Ve sViine as lights in the world; 
holding forth the word oF liFc." 



After some hasty conferences 
with Bro. L. L. Grubb, secretary of 
the Home Missions Council, and 
some correspondence with the Na- 
tional Boys Club officers and ad- 
visor, we are presenting a new proj- 
ect for the consideration of our boys 
clubs across the nation. 

It's a Jeep Station Wagon, for the 
use of Miss Dorothy Dunbar, our 
missionary to the Navajo Indians. 
Miss Dunbar, who has recently ap- 
peared in a number of our eastern 
churches, has been driving an older 
car, which has given her some trou- 
ble under the rugged conditions that 
are found on the Navajo reservation. 
She is in need of something rugged, 
yet economical. The Home Missions 
Council has been desirous of getting 
such a vehicle for her, but has been 
handicapped for lack of funds. 

How does that appeal to you, fel- 
lows? Sound good? We'd be glad 
to hear your reactions. Write to the 
president, Carl Miller, Bob Jones 
University, Gi'eenville, S. C, or to 
Rev. L. W. Marvin, sponsor, 199 
Clover St., Rittman, Ohio. 

If your reaction is favorable, we'll 
be printing new pictures, posters, 
etc., in the immediate future. Let 
us hear what you think about it. 

The former project, an airplane 
for New Mexico, for the Spanish 
work, of course was cancelled when 
that plane was seriously damaged 
in a crash landing. The airplane, 
however, was fully covered by in- 
sui'ance, so that the financial loss 
through its crash is negligible. 

The Station Wagon wiU cost more 
than the airplane did, b u t if we 
don't make quite the total amount 
(about $1,600) we can cover most of 
the cost, anyway. More details will 
be announced soon. In the mean- 
time, we'll transfer our interest from 
wings to wheels, and continue to col- 
lect funds so that we may have a 
real part in this or some other great 
Home Missions enterprise. 



January 15, 1949 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




ROBERT ELIAS ALLEN MILLER 



Few members of the church real- 
ize the sacrifices that are made by 
the members of a pastor's family. 
Not the least of these sacrifices, so 
far as the children are concerned, is 
the frequent moving, and conse- 
quent changing of schools. Rev. 
Robert Miller, pastor at Martins- 
burg, Pa., is a case in point. Being 
the son of a minister (Rev. R. Paul 
Miller), he attended schools in 
Washington, California, Pennsylva- 
nia, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio — a 
total of 12 different schools. These 
frequent changes add to the ups and 
downs of school life. For example, 
little Robert, as a lad of 10, received 
the school award for spelling and a 
medal for being a gentleman. But 
the next year he was expelled from 
school for throwing snowballs at the 
girls. However, he must have been 
reinstated, for he finished high 
school at the age of 16. 

He was converted at the age of 
nine in a Decision Day service in 
the First Brethren Church in Phil- 
adelphia, where his father was pas- 
tor. His sister, Laura (Mrs. Arnold 
Kriegbaum), went forward and ac- 
cepted Christ at the same time. 
Among the outstanding religious ex- 
periences of his boyhood are his first 
communion service and the frequent 
trips to C. E. conventions, summer 
camps, and the national conference. 

Brother Miller's decision to enter 
full-lime Christian work came, at 



least partly, as a result of the visits 
of the missionaries to their home in 
Philadelphia. At the age of 12. when 
he was ready for high school, he told 
his father he wanted to be a med- 
ical missionary to Africa. Through- 
out high school and college years he 
prepared for medical school. But 
then the Lord closed the way to a 




ROBERT E. A. MILLER 

school of medicine and opened the 
way for him to attend the seminary. 
He was the third member (together 
with Kenneth Ashman and Russell 
Williams) of the first graduating 
class from Grace Seminary. His col- 
lege work was taken at Wheaton 
College, where he received the 
Bachelor of Science degree, and at 
the University of Pittsburgh, where 
he has completed one semester to- 
ward his M. A. 

In 1938 Brother Miller was acting 
pastor at Fort Wayne, Ind., for a 
period of three months. Tlien he 



went to the church at Tracy, Calif., 
while awaiting the time to go to 
Africa. Then the war came, making 
the trip to Africa impossible, so he 
continued to work in Tracy until 
1941, when he was called to his 
present pastorate in Martinsburg. 
In the seven years that have fol- 
lowed, the Sunday school attend- 
ance has increased from 52 to 101, 
and the church membership from 
100 to 150 in spite of a rather large 
roll revision. 

During the war he also taught in 
the public schools and continues as 
a substitute teacher. He taught for 
a short time in the Christian Day 
School in Washington, D. C, and 
has been an instructor in the Al- 
toona Bible Institute for several 
years. He is a member of the na- 
tional Sunday school board, the 
Missionary Herald board, and is sec- 
retary of the executive committee of 
national conference. 

Mrs. Miller, the former Althea 
Marie Schwartz, is well known to 
Herald readers as the writer of 
"Under the Parsonage Roof." Their 
s i X children give assurance that 
something interesting will always be 
happening under that roof. They 
are: Robert, Jr., 12: William Ward, 
10: David Scott, 7: Dorotheann, 5: 
Sharon Martha, 2; Paul Kent, 1. 

Brother Miller was bom May 20. 
1915. at Covina, Calif. He is 5 feet, 
6 inches tall, weighs 168 pounds, has 
brown eves and hair. 



COVINGTON, OHIO 

Rev. Charles E. Gantt has resigned 
his office as pastor of the First 
Brethren Church of Covington, Ohio. 
Since he was a local member, he 
accepted the temporary shepherding 
of this church at the time of its or- 
ganization under the Central Dis- 
trict Mission Board in November. 
1946, and was recalled each year 
since then. 

During the two years the mem- 
bership increased from the 18 char- 



ter members to 41. including three 
who are awaiting baptism. With no 
outside financial help the church has 
paid nearly one-third the initial cost 
of a substantial brick church build- 
ing, and a new heating system has 
been installed. Over the past year 
Brother Gantt conducted a weekly 
radio prograin over WPTW. The 
membership is an earnest and spir- 
itual group of people looking for- 
ward to even greater things for their 
church and its testimony in the com- 
munity. 



Brother Gantt and his wife are 
awaiting the Lord's leading in other 
opportunities for establishing Breth- 
ren churches in a manner similar to 
what has been accomplished in Cov- 
ington, or any other pastoral capac- 
ity the Lord sees fit to open. — Ver- 
non J. Harris. 



Ohio Brethren young people will 
be happy to know that Camp Buck- 
eye will be held next summer at the 
same site as last year. 



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How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




THE UNITY OF THE WORD 

In formulating some general con- 
clusions concerning the theme which 
we have discussed for several weeks, 
we may settle upon a number of im- 
portant principles of interpretation. 
These principles are valuable since 
the Bible is a unit. No viewpoint can 
be consistently held, based upon any 
single passage of Scripture, which 
would conflict with the general body 
of revelation found elsewhere in the 
Word of God. 

1. To show this unity of the Scrip- 
tures, we must remember the time 
element. It is inconsistent for us to 
study or teach the Word of God 
without respect to time, even as it 
would be inconsistent in the study 
of American History to ignore the 
time element. It would be ridicu- 
lous beyond words for one to form 
any conclusions based upon the sup- 
position that George Washington 
might be connected with the Civil 
War, Abraham Lincoln with the 
atomic bomb or Theodore Roosevelt 
with the New Deal. Yet, this is pre- 
cisely what many Christians attempt 
to do with the Word of God. Pur- 
posely or accidentally ignoring time, 
they thrust the Pentateuch, the 
prophets, the book of Hebrews and 
Acts all into the life and experience 
of believers in the church age. The 
result is somewhat like placing all 
the food in a seven-course dinner 
into one huge dish and mixing it to- 
gether. Every portion of the Word 
of God is truth or meat in due sea- 
son, but one dares not ignore the 
season, that is, the time element. 

2. To show the unity of the Scrip- 
tures further we must see in the en- 
tire Bible a structure which is divine 
in origin, and providential so far as 
history is concerned. The Bible has 
been given to us as 66 books in one 
volume. It was written over a period 
of 1,600 years by 40 different writers, 
yet there is one author, the Holy 
Spirit. Each book has a relation to 
the sum total of Biblical revelation. 
Each writer was allowed to write in 
harmony with his personal experi- 
ence, yet by divine inspiration he 
was protected from any possible er- 



ror. It is impossible to find the ex- 
act teaching of God's Word unless 
we take into consideration a certain 
land and a certain people. Palestine 
and the nation of Israel have been 
used of God as stage and scenery 
through which God has revealed His 
plan. 

Although the story of the Bible as 
a whole is the story of God's plan of 
redemption, a glance at some partic- 
ular passage, or even section of the 
book, might not make this clear. In 
the giving of the Holy Scriptures to 
the human race, God began with a 
land, a people, and a revelation. 
When this people became far enough 
advanced in the providence of God, 
He chose a man by the name of 
Moses to give us what are now the 
first five books of the Bible. 

Genesis is the book of creation. It 
furnishes us with the background for 
the present truth that believers are 
to be recreated in Christ Jesus. 

Exodus is the history of a people 
laying before us the ground of re- 
demption. Although it was blood in 
the case of Israel, the redemption 
story is not complete until the blood 
of Jesus Christ, the God-man, was 
poured out on Calvary. 

Leviticus shows us the necessity 
and importance of obedience which 
rightly follows redemption. 

Numbers will give the story of the 
believer's walk and service. 

Deuteronomy sets forth obedience 
as to its details and many ramifica- 
tions. 

We might continue in the I'emain- 
ing 34 books of the Old Testament to 
show that every book has a place in 
God's plan, either to show man's 
need of redemption, God's provision 
for redemption, or the results of re- 
demption. 

What we call the New Testament 
is really the New Covenant. When 
God had led the nation of Israel up 
to a certain point, it was time for 
the manifestation of a Person who 
would be the center and circumfer- 
ence of redemption, the only true 
object of saving faith. The struc- 
ture of the New Testament is also 



By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 

striking. Four Gospels tell the story 
of the sojourn of the Son of God on 
this earth. His death, burial, and 
resurrection. 

The Book of Acts tells us what 
happened in the early church when 
the Spirit of God moved upon the 
hearts of believers to bring to pass 
the results of Christ's death and res- 
urrection. 

Paul's epistles become the special 
testimony to the church as to what 
the church is and how believers in 
the church age are to conduct them- 
selves. Their conduct is based upon 
the fact that as believers they have 
a new citizenship in heaven. They 
are pilgrims and strangers on this 
earth. Their calling is a heavenly 
calling. 

Other epistles written by other 
chosen men add practical truths for 
believers. The book of Jude and 
the book of Revelation stand to- 
gether at the close of the New Tes- 
tament as warnings and prophecy 
concerning the end of this age and 
that which is yet to come. 

Those who have eyes to see are 
able to discern that the wisdom of 
God has been demonstrated in giv- 
ing to man just that which he was 
able to grasp at every point in hu- 
man history. 

3. To show the unity of the Scrip- 
tures further, every believer must 
come to a knowledge of the fact of 
God's grace. If there are two basic 
truths more clear than other truths, 
certainly they would be the holiness 
of God, and the utter sinfulness of 
man. Balancing these two Biblical 
facts alone, one against the other, 
reconciliation would be utterly im- 
possible. Yet with the background 
of just such an impossibility, the 
grace of God is revealed. There can 
be no salvation or even revelation 
apart from pure grace. 

Salvation from start to finish rests 
upon the doctrine of the grace of 
God. Thus we need to remember 
that every iota of revelation which 
God gives to us and every blessing 

(Continued on Page 39) 



January 15,1949 



37 




EVANGELISM 




WHY ARE WE NOT EXPERIENCING A GREAT REVIVAL TODAY? 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 



Believe it or not, but one real rea- 
son why revival fires do not burn in 
many a church is because many pro- 
fessing Christians are hiding their 
unconcern for lost souls behind the 
doctrine of the Lord's return. These 
folks talk about our living in the last 
times, the days are so evil, souls are 
hard to win, and there is little use 
trying any more. They gaze with 
starry eyes at the sunset, dreaming 
of how Christ might come riding 
down the clouds from glory to get 
them and take them home to heaven. 
They are so occupied with them- 
selves and their air-castles that they 
feel not the slightest responsibility 
to win the souls that they could 
bring to Christ before this day of 
grace is over. 

This is a totally wrong view of the 
glorious doctrine of the return of 
our Lord. There is no truth within 
the lids of Holy Writ which, if truly 
believed and embraced, would do 
more to drive the true Christian out 
to win souls tirelessly and ceaseless- 
ly, than that of the imminent return 
of our Lord Jesus. I say the truth 
in God. I lie not: I would rather be 
found bringing a soul to Jesus when 
He bursts through the clouds for 
His own, than to be holding the 
highest office in the nation. I believe 
that nothing would please our 
blessed Lord more than to find evej-y 
true Christian at the same task 
when He comes to call us away. That 
is the one thing above all things that 
He died to see accomplished — souls 
snatched from the claws of the devil. 
I am also persuaded that the lazy 
and unfruitful Christian, however 
glibly he may talk about spiritual 
matters, and shades of theology, will 
have a lot of very difficult explain- 
ing to do when the Saviour does 
appear. 

As one man said recently, "This is 
not the time for evangelism. The 
Bible does not promise a great re- 
vival just before Christ returns." So 
he had decided to let the rest of the 
world go to hell from here on be- 
cause the Scriptures do not picture 



a great world-sweeping revival for 
this hour as he saw it. Well, so far 
as that is concerned, the Bible didn't 
predict the Reformation under Mar- 
tin Luther. We don't recall of any 
passage that predicted the great re- 
vival that swept Wales in 1905 when 
hundreds of thousands were saved 
in the days of Evan Roberts. Nor 
do we know that the Old Book fore- 
told the revival wave that swept over 
America under Finney, or Moody, or 
Torrey, or Billy Sunday. But they 
came, and millions were brought to 
Christ. 

Jesus Christ has promised that if 
His true disciples should "go" forth 
as faithful witnesses for Him. that 
He would go with them with all the 
power of heaven and earth to give 
their ministry power. That is all 
the promise that Moody needed to 
go round the world for Jesus Christ. 
That is all that any true disciple 
needs today. It is the bounden le- 
sponsibility of every real Christian 
to live as though Jesus v,'ould come 
tonight, and w o r k as though He 
would not come during your life- 
time. 

Since our Lord has said that "in 
such an hour as ye think not the 
Son of man cometh," it behooves 
every Christian to work to win soids 
as never before, because it cannot be 
known when the last day of oppor- 
tunity will close. The last day will 
look just like any other. The shorter 
the time we have in which to work, 
the harder we should apply our- 
selves to the task. In Revelation 
12:12 we read that when the devil 
realizes at last that he has but a 
short time left in w-hich to work his 
nefarious purposes, he will come 
with great wrath and energy. How 
much more should the Christian, 
when he realizes that His Lord's 
return is so very near, and that his 
days for winning men from eternal 
hell are so few, apply himself to the 
task as never before! 

A few weeks ago in a meeting 
in Ohio, after one of the services 
a true child of God, a brilliant 



young professional man who had 
been faithfully witnessing to his 
subordinates and superiors at his 
work, to his relatives who were un- 
saved, and to his neighbors, leaned 
his head on my shoulder in true de- 
votion to His Lord and said with 
tears in his eyes. "Brother Miller, it 
is hard for me to go to work any 
more, for the Lord's return is so 
near. I feel that my life is almost 
wasted in working at such ordinary 
tasks that will pass away, when I 
could be bringing men to Christ." 
When my Lord heard these words 1 
am sure that His heart was glad. 
That is the spirit that should be in 
the breast of every child of God to- 
day. 

With the presence of the atom 
bomb holding t h e possibility of 
earth's very disintegration over our 
heads, and with the Jews battling 
at the gates of their homeland for 
the first time in 2,500 years, and 
with the upward call already ring- 
ing in the hearts of true believers, 
how can Christian hearts keep their 
minds on business, pleasure, and 
ambition? The last thing you do 
when packing up to leave a coun- 
try is to gather together your jewels 
and treasures. That is what Chris- 
tians must be doing today as never 
before to avoid lasting regret. They 
should be ever seeking to gather to- 
gether the jewels of sinners saved 
by grace for the Master's crown. 
The time is mighty short now. 



YOUR MONEY? 

A Government release from the 
Department of Commerce shows that 
America is spending its money today 
as follows: 

Crime cost $15,000,000,000 

Gambling 12,581,000.000 

Alcoholic beverages . . 9.640,000,000 

Education 5,200,000.000 

Tobacco 3,880.000,000 

Motion pictures 1,565,000,000 

Church contributions. 1,250,000,000 



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By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, Martinsburg, Pa. 



Evangelist Ashman had been tell- 
ing us that evening how unable the 
human heart is to keep the Ten 
Commandments. He had gone down 
the entire list and the boys had been 
part of an interested audience. 

Mother had David in bed now and 
was on her knees with Bill. At the 
close of the prayer, Bill said to 
Mother, "There's something I didn't 
understand in Brother Ashman's 
message this evening. What did he 
mean when he said we are not to 
want what someone else has?" With 
a quick prayer in her heart for wis- 
dom in answering the lad, Mother 
proceeded to help the boy under 
this roof who knows from experience 
the all-consuming desire of wanting 
everything regardless of cost. The 
message this evening had walked 
right down the aisle of his heart at 
which terminal lay this sin of covet- 
ousness. 

Scarcely had she been able to get 
started in her answer when Mother 
was suddenly interrupted by t h e 
seven-year-old "philosopher" (Dad- 
dy's term for this youngster) . Lean- 
ing over the upper bunk (we've 
taken to pihng them up now), David 
said in a serious manner, "I know 
what it means, Bill. If you have a 
DeSoto (Daddy's car is a DeSoto and 
has lost it's brand-new shine) and 
someone else gets a better DeSoto 
(there have been three or four new 
and shining DeSotos lately among 
the congregation), well (slight 
pause), what's the use?" So say- 
ing, David lay back on his pillow 
and went to peaceful sleep. 

Somewhat taken aback by this 
attitude of her third son, Mother 
turned to the Word of God for the 
only answer to Bill's seeking. For 
the first time he saw that Bill must 
actively resist the devil before the 
devil will flee. And before this re- 
sistance is set up, each child must 
submit himself to the Father (Jas. 
4:7). The cry of Mother's heart as 
she tucked her boy in for the night 
was that he might ever remain stead- 
fast in his desire to be an overcomer 
in this Christian walk. 



Pondering on the question and 
answer of her boys, Mother was re- 
minded that "the heart is deceitful 
above all things, and desperately 
wicked . . ." (Jer. 17:9). There seem 
to be three groups of Christians who 
march in the Lord's army. There 
are those who loudly covet any and 
all things, caring not how the testi- 
mony of Christ may be hurt. Life 
is made miserable for such as these 
as well as for those who live with 
them. Then those passive souls like 
David who say, "Well, what's the 
use?" and who with this very atti- 
tude defeat the purpose for which 
they were saved. Why does the 
Father keep us on this earth after 
we are saved except to bear buoyant 
testimony to His saving grace? But 
praise God for those who march in 



THE WORD OF GOD 

(Continued froin Page 37) 

which is poured upon us, is the re- 
sult of the free and unmerited and 
unmeritable favor of a holy God 
upon sinful man. Every act of true 
obedience, whether it be the preach- 
ing of the Word, walking uprightly, 
or obeying the ordinances, should be 
done out of a heart of love apart 
from, any legalistic purpose. Paul 
well expressed it when he said, "By 
the grace of God I am what I am." 

Let it be remembered therefore 
that if it is our desire to understand 
and enjoy the Word of God, we must 
know there is a purpose behind the 
Book in the unfolding of the revela- 
tion of God, in the element of time, 
structure of the Book as a whole, 
and the manifestation of H i s un- 
speakable grace. 



the army of the Lord who actively 
quell the fiery darts of the tempter 
by saying, "It is written." With 
which group do you march? 



THERE IS 







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WM.C 



OFFICIARY 



PRESIDENT— Mrs. W. A. Ogden. 500 State St., Johnstown. Pa. 

VICE PRESIDENT— Mrs. Grant McDonald, Rt. 1. Box 29K. Ramona. Calif. 

RECORDING SECRETARY— Mrs. J. Harold Putt, 1822 Windsor Ave. S. W., 
Roi.noke. Va. 

FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER— Mrs. Charles H. Ashman. 1051 W 
Slst PL, Los Angeles, Calif. 

LITERATURE SECRETARY— Mrs. Miles Taber, Winona Lake, Ind. 

EDITOR— Mrs. Edward D. Bowman, 512 Central Ave., Seal Beach, Calif. 



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To ihe Praise of HIS GLORY"^ 



W M. C. PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY, 1949 

OPENING — Open the meeting by reciting in unison the 

Twenty-third Psalm. 
PRAYEK CIRCLE— Opened by the evening's leader and 

closed by the Council President. Don't let the prayer 

circle be broken. 
HYMN — "Standing on the Promises," 
BIBLE STUDY— "The Eucharist." 
SPECIAL MUSICAL NUMBER. 
MISSION STUDY— "The Bible in Argentina." 
READING— "The Diary of a Bible (in America)." 
LEADER'S TALK. 

CLOSING HYMN— "'Wonderful "Words of Life." 
BUSINESS SESSION— Be sure to check up on goals 

of the year to see where your Council stands. Have 

you sent any packages to the missionaries? 



The homegoing of Albert W. Kliewer has come as a 
terrible shock to us who have known him and have had 
a definite interest in his untiring effort. As a memorial 
to this faithful servant of the Lord, may we be chal- 
lenged to greater faith and more constant prayer for 
the work that he has laid down. 

Our love and sympathy are e.xtended to Roberta. 
David, and his family, praying that each may be com- 
forted in our brother's abundant entrance "into ths 
everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ" (II Pet. 1:11). 

Women's Missionary Council. 
Mrs. W. A. Ogden. 



PLEASE TAKE NOTE 



The W. M. C. editor's permanent address is 512 Cen- 
tral Ave., Seal Beach, Calif. Please send all news reports 
to her at this address. Do not send W. M. C. reports to 
the Brethren Missionary Herald office. 



W. M. C. MAJOR OFFERING 

November, December, January 

FOREIGN MISSIONS 

To be equally divided between the cost of the 
W. M. C.-Gribble Memorial Residence in Afi-ica (a 
two-year project) and aid in the purchase of a per- 
manent site for the Bible Institute in Argentina. 



LEADER'S TALK FOR FEBRUARY 

Much is said today about best seller reading. Head- 
ing this list of books is the Bible. For many years the 
Book of Books has held this place. Such a fact would 
be cause for great rejoicing were we able to see the 
results of the Bible's teaching worked out in the lives 
of men and women. Indeed, we dare go so far as to 
say that our nation and the world would surely be bet- 
tered if every professing Christian allowed the Word 
full sway in his heart and life. 

You have the world's Best Seller on your book shelf 
without a doubt. But, more important, is it in your 
heart? It will only be in your heart and from thence 
work out in your life as you read and meditate upon it 
daily. May it be said of every W. M. C. member that 
she shows the f i uit of Bible reading and study in her 
life. 



GIVE OUR FOREIGN MISSION OFFERING A BOOST! 

This is the last month for our offering to the foreign 
mission projects — the W.M. C.-Gribble Memorial Resi- 
dence in Africa and aid in the purchase of a permanent 
site for the Bible Institute in Argentina. Our goal is 
$300 higher this year, so give accordingly. Wouldn't it 
be wonderful if the Lord enabled us to give $1,000 to 
each of these fine projects? He works through men 
and women, so pray about the offering you and your 
Council will give and then give as He directs. 



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THE DIARY OF A BIBLE (IN AMERICA) 
A Reading for February's Meeting 

January 15th — Been resting quietly for a week. The 
first few nights after the first of this year my owner 
read me regularly, but he has forgotten me, I guess. 

February 2nd — Clean up. I was dusted, with other 
things, and put back in my place. 

February 8th — Owner used me for a short time after 
dinner looking up a few references. Went to Sunday 
school. 

March 7th — Clean up. Dusted and in my place again. 
Have been down in the lower hall since my trip to 
Sunday school. 

April 2nd — Busy day. Owner led a meeting and had to 
look up some references. He had an awful time find- 
ing one, though it was right there in its place all the 
time. 

May 5th — In Grandma's lap all afternoon. She is here 
on a visit. She let a teardrop fall on Colossians 2:5-7. 

May 6th — In Grandma's lap again this afternoon. She 
spent most of her time on I Corinthians 13 and the 
last four verses of the 15th chapter. 

May 7th, 8th, 9th — In Grandma's lap every afternoon 
now. It's a conxfortable spot. Sometimes she reads 
to me and sometimes she talks to me. 

May 10th — Grandma gone. Back in the old place. She 
kissed me goodbye. 

June 3rd — Had a couple four-leaf clovers stuck in me 
today. 

July 1st — Packed in a trunk with clothes and other 
things. Off on a vacation, I guess. 

July 7th — Still in the trunk. 

July 10th — Still in the trunk, though most everything 
else in here has been out. 

July 15th — Home again and in my old place. Quite a 
journey, though I don't see why I went. 

August 1st — Rather stuffy and hot. Have two maga- 
zines and a novel plus an old hat on top of me. Wish 
they would take them off. 

September 5th — Clean up. Dusted and set right again. 

September 10th — Used by Mary a few minutes today. 
She was writing a letter to a friend whose brother 
died and she wanted an appropriate verse. 

September 30th — Clean up again. 

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my 
path" (Psa. 119:105). 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Thanksgiving: For the grace of God which brings 
peace to the believer in the midst of a troubled world. 

Pray for: 

1. An ever-increasing intei-est in Bible study and 
soul-winning. 

2. The health of the missionaries on furlough: the 
Sheldons, the Beavers, the Sickels, and Miss Snyder. 

3. The missionaries and native pastors in Africa. 

4. The Bible Institute and Young People's work 
in South America. 

5. The family of Albert Kliewer and the work at 
Taos, N. Mex. 



MORE ABOUT THE W.M.C.-GRIBBLE MEMORIAL 
RESIDENCE 

Sister Co-workers: 

A word of commendation and a thank-you is due your 
different groups who have taken it upon themselves to 
send a card telling of your concern and prayer for us, 
your co-laborers for Christ in this part of the field. 

We have just received the news of your further en- 
deavors to help in the building of the house here at 
M'Baiki, whei'e the Dunnings will be stationed to care 
for this part of the field. So I will try in a limited way 
to give you a word picture of the house and field here. 

If you were to come to the M'Baiki station, your first 
expression likely would be, "My, what tall trees and 
palms!" You would also be impressed by the many 
little streams and springs that are so plenteous. Yes, 
M'Baiki is a beautiful spot. 

At the station proper, many grass-roofed sheds would 
greet your eyes — one for the trailer, one for making and 
drying bricks, one for burning bricks, one for storing 
lumber, one for carpenter work, and one for our boys. 
We really have quite a sheddy place. Of course, these 
will all come down when the house here is finished and 
the Balzers leave, and will become a respectable place. 

The house that is being constructed is made of brick. 
The inside rooms are coated with a lime and cement 
mixture, when this can be obtained. When it cannot, a 
mud coating is put on and then white clay is brushed 
over the mud. It is surprising how nice it looks. In 
fact, it looks like a stuccoed interior at home. 

The woodwork is beautifully grained semi-hardwood 
and therefore is not painted. But its beauty is brought 
out by wax or vamish. Here at M'Baiki, where wood is 
sc plentiful, the ceiling also will be made of this lovely 
wood. 

The screened windows, without glass, are all quite 
large. And when it rains they are closed with shutters. 

The living room is a nice airy room. One window 
takes up a large part of one side. At the end there is a 
fireplace with bookshelves on both sides. The low 
inantle continues over the bookshelves from wall to 
wall. At the other end there are double doors that open 
out onto the screened-in veranda. This veranda is des- 
tined for many uses — dining room, nursery, study, sew- 
ing, etc. 

There are two bedrooms with a built-in wardi-obe in 
each. And a small den which can also be used as a 
bedroom when the need arises. The house also has a 
bathroom and it is rumored that in the near future 
bathroom fixtures will be provided for missionary res- 
idences. This will be greatly appreciated, especially by 
the women folk. 

So you see, it is not so bad to live in an African house 
as one might think. In fact, we are looking forward to 
one of these homes some day, the Lord willing. 

Al and Elsie Balzer. 



BE SURE TO SEND YOUR FOREIGN MISSION 
OFFERING TO MRS. ASHMAN BY FEBRUARY 10. 
USE THE NAME OF YOUR CHURCH AS IT IS 
LISTED IN THE ANNUAL AND SPECIFY WHETHER 
OR NOT YOURS IS A JUNIOR OR SENIOR COUN- 
CIL. PLEASE COOPERATE. 



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The Eucharist 

(A Study Guide for "This Do in Remembrance of Me," by Dr. H. A. Hoyt. Prepared by Angie Garber, Leon, Iowa.) 



On the same evening Christ instituted the feetwash- 
ing service and the Lord's Supper He also gave the 
bread and cup, completing the symbols of His entire 
ministry. 

The Eucharist was to remind His own that every 
blessing of the Christian life is based directly upon the 
person and work of Christ at Calvary. 

Many evangelical denominations do not practice the 
ordinances of feetwashing and the Lord's Supper, but 
almost all of them practice the Eucharist. It points to 
the supreme ministry of Christ on the cross which laid 
the foundation for the Christian faith and invested the 
Gospel with the message of life and hope. 

I. Biblical names of this ordinance. 

A. Six different terms given, each showing a different 
aspect of the ordinance. 

1. "The Lord's table" (I Cor. 10:21). It was served 
at the table. 

2. "Bread and cup" (Matt. 26:26. 27). Bread and 
cup is still used. 

3. "Eucharist" (Matt. 26:26, 27). Most popular name. 
Comes from Greek word meaning "gave thanks." 

4. "Breaking of bread" (Acts 2:42). Bread was 
broken by saints. 

5. "New covenant" (I Cor. 11:25). Signifies Christ's 
work of shedding His blood for remission of sins. 

6. "The communion" (I Cor. 10:16). Sharing of the 
elements. 

B. Distinction of terms important. 

1. Eucharist is not the Lord's Supper. Given after 
supper (I Cor. 11:25). 

2. It is not the Passover meal. Given on the four- 
teenth day, while the Passover was eaten the fifteenth 
day. 

II. Institution. 

1. Special evening — "when his hour was come" (John 
13:1). Dispensation of the Church inaugurated (Matt. 
26:26-28). 

2. Sovereign authority — "all things into his hands" 
(John 13:3). I Corinthians 11:23-25 gives the clear 
command for perpetuation. 

HI. Symbolical meaning. 

Three different interpretations given. 

1. Mystical grace imparted — elements change to real- 
ity and impart a blessing. 

2. Meritorious work done — efficacy in doing the com- 
mandment. 

3. Symbolical. 

A. Instituted to remind saints of the Lord (Luke 
22:19; I Cor. 11:24, 25). 

B. The cup was the "new covenant" (Matt. 26:28: 
I Cor. 11:25). The cup was only a sign of the covenant 
or agreement. 

C. Christ's death signified by participating in ordi- 
nance (I Cor. 11:26 ARV). 



IV. Spiritual reality symbolized. 

Death of Christ is the central reality symbolized. 

1. Lord's table symbolizes Christ the Lamb (John 
1:29). Our Passover (I Cor. 5:7). God's Gift (John 
3:16). 

2. Special elements — the bread and cup symbolize 
Christ's sinlessness. 

3. Various operations of breaking bread and drinking 
the cup symbolize His broken body and shed blood (I 
Cor. 11:24; Luke 22:20). 

4. New covenant symbolized by bread and cup. The 
blood sealed that covenant (Matt. 26:28; Heb. 9:22, 26: 
10:14). 

5. Participation symbolizes the spiritual sharing by 
faith in the body and blood of Christ (I Cor. 10: 16; John 
6:54; 6:63). 

V. Perpetuation. 

1. Luke and Paul record the command exactly as 
the Lord gave it (Luke 22:9; I Cor. 11:24, 25). "Do" 
means to do and keep on doing. 

2. Early church set the example (Acts 2:41, 42; I 
Cor. 10:16). 



CALIFORNIA DISTRICT REPORT FOR 1947-48 

"For he is our God; and we are the people of his 
pasture, and the sheep of his hand" Psa. 95:7a). With 
these words we greet you from California! It is with 
joy we report W. M. C. activities. There are 21 coun- 
cils, numbering 596 members, and a prayer group in 
two new churches who plan to organize W. M. C.'s this 
fall. Three wonderful conferences were held at Whit- 
tier, East Los Angeles, and Long Beach, with an attend- 
ance from 197 to 250. The spirit of these proved to be 
our greatest blessing throughout the year. Eighteen 
councils responded 100"^ on all major offerings, with 
others in part. District project was an offering of 
$340.55 for the Taos parsonage, making an approximate 
total of $800.00 for this project in two years. Work 
project was preparing cutouts for D. V. B. S. at Taos. 
Individual councils contributed to their own local church 
and community needs, sent used clothing, medical sup- 
plies, D.V.B.S. supplies, and New Testaments, blankets, 
dolls, layettes, to our various mission fields. One council 
furnished Herald subscriptions to W.M.C. and S.M.M. 
officers for the new Taos groups. Another contributed 
S20.00 monthly to a home mission worker so that he 
could be employed by our National Home Missions 
Council. All contributed in part to leper, Jewish, or 
other outside denominational movements. In all, we 
have estimated an appro.ximate $4,000.00 contributed by 
this district. 

But most of all, are we rejoicing in the increase of 
prayer warriors, prayer groups and sessions. Only 
through prayer and study of God's Word can the "sheep 
of His hand" travel the paths to richer treasures. — 
Esther McDonald. 



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THE BIBLE IN ARGENTINA 



By MRS. CLARENCE SICKEL 



Progress in the distribution of the Bible is progress 
in missions in any land. In the proportion that the 
Word of God is made available to a people, to that same 
extent is the way opened for the preaching and teaching 
ministry of the missionary and native evangelist. With- 
out the preliminary scouting of the colporteur, the mis- 
sionary enterprise would be much more difficult. 

Several factors have contributed to the spreading of 
the Word in Argentina, and thus to the laying of the 
foundation for all other evangelical work. 

BIBLE SOCIETIES. The British and Foreign Bible 
Society began its work in Argentina with amazing suc- 
cess very soon after political freedom had been won. 
Monks, priests, and even bishops purchased Spanish 
Testaments and were often eager to secure the complete 
Bible, which they had never seen. Help in its sale was 
given by Roman Catholic laymen, priors of convents, 
and even bishops, as well as political leaders. Not 
merely the masses but the religious teachers as well 
were densely ignorant of God's Word. And the same 
is true today in almost equal degree. 

However, this freedom in the distribution of the 
Scriptures did not last long. As soon as it was fully 
appreciated that the Bible weaned men from the papacy, 
the circulation of the Bible was forbidden. The colpor- 
teur was no longer given lodging in the convent, but in 
the jail and instead of organizing Bible societies, the 
Romish authorities burned the Bible. Very interesting 
is the testimony of Francisco, Penzotti, one of the faithful 
Bible Society agents of those early days. "It is well 
known that the Roman Catholic clergy persecute the 
Scriptures more than Saul persecuted David, and were 
able to destroy three-quarters of the copies we distrib- 
uted in our early trips. But I have noticed that while 
the priests burn the Bibles, the people take their images 
of all sorts and sizes and put them into the fire, at the 
same time abandoning their sins." 

Throughout the years the two Bible Societies, Amer- 
ican and British, have continued their work in all parts 
of the country, in spite of opposition and persecution. 
It would be impossible to overstate their contribution to 
the evangelism of Argentina. We, today, recognize the 
debt we owe to them for the part they have played and 
are playing in the evangelization of our district. Through 
the cooperation of their colporteurs and their generosity 
in making the copies of the Scriptures needed in our 
work available to us, they are making a valuable con- 
tribution. Thank God for the Bible Societies! 

COLPORTEURS. Most of the colporteurs are natives, 
many are simple-hearted men with no education beyond 
the ability to read and write, but with the love of the 
Lord in their hearts and a deep desire to make Him 
known. Their names are known to but few aside from 
the Bible Society under whose direction they labor. 
They go out into the highways and byways with their 
packs, on horseback or afoot, sleeping wherever they 
can find shelter, content with whatever their lot may be. 
They carry Bibles or portions adapted to any purse and 
in types for eyesight that is keen or failing. They are 



prepared to accept anything— eggs, chickens, vegetables, 
sausages, and what have you, as a means of exchange, 
where money is lacking. They are prepared also for 
insults, stoning, or flogging. How well the writer re- 
members one of these men who returned to our home 
from a day's work, his face radiant from the morning's 
experience. He had been horse-whipped, "counted 
worthy to suffer shame for His name." Thus they sow 
the seed, trusting God to give the increase. 

BIBLE COACH. Centuries ago the Master sent His 
servants into the streets and lanes, highways and 
hedges, to seek the lost. Today, no more effective man- 
ner of literally obeying that same command can be 
found than through the instrumentality of the Bible 
Coach. Our Coach has covered our district many times 
during the 29 years that it has been operating. Its 
workers have been able to reach lonely places and carry 
the good seed to scattered farms and hamlets, many 
miles from the railway, which would never otherwise 
have had the opportunity of receiving the message of 
life. In more recent years it has been used in connec- 
tion with tent campaigns, its loud-speaking system serv- 
ing as a medium of preaching to multitudes who could 
never have been persuaded to enter our churches or 
halls. Its workers have carried the Bible to people of 
all walks of life, from humble peon to the business and 
professional men. It is a cause of grief to our hearts 
that this important work cannot be carried on exten- 
sively today because of lack of workers, those who can 
dedicate their full time to it. Won't you pray with us 
that workers may be raised up for this work? 

THE POWER OF THE WORD. It is repeatedly the 
experience of the missionary that Bible and tract have 
gone before, and the Word has done its work in the 
hearts of men and women. 

The church at Tancacha is proof of the power of the 
Word. A tract left in the hands of Maria Humbert by a 
Bible Coach worker led to her search for a Bible. 
Through reading it she was converted and others around 
her. Today there is a strong missionary-minded group 
of believers in that town. 

Friends went into Santa Isabel and found a group of 
believers to whom the entrance of God's Word had 
given light. A Bible placed in the trunk of a young 
Turk, years before, had finally been read and had led 
to his conversion and that of many others around him. 

Maria Carino came to Rio Cuarto seeking baptism. 
She had found the light through the Word. The first 
public evangelical service she had ever attended was 
the one where she and two members of her family re- 
ceived the rite of baptism. 

The Bible Coach passed through Colonia La Italiana a 
few years ago. A tiny Italian w^oman secured a copy of 
the Scriptures. She was soon writing to Rio Cuarto for 
more Bibles and tracts. When Brother Maconaghy 
started the work in Corral de Bustos and visited Colo- 
nia La Italiana, he found that Sra. de Bonetto was the 
caretaker of the Roman Catholic church and that both 
she and her husband had had a real experience in the 



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Lord through the reading of the Word. The Bible and 
tracts she had been securing had been distributed in the 
Roman CathoHc church. 

Yes, the Word of God is a hving thing, a "lamp" and 
a "light." "It shall not return unto me void, but it shall 
accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in 
the thing whereto I sent it." Let us pray for those in 
that land who are today sowing this precious Seed; 



W. M. C. BREVITIES 

The W. M. C. of the First Brethren Church of Los 
Avgeles were hostesses to the Southern California Dis- 
trict Rally in October. Over 200 were present. Mrs. 
Chauncey Sheldon brought the message. The table 
decorations were a replica of the cover design of the 
programs — the cross picture of the world and the open 
Bible. This local Council is also providing a set of flan- 
nelgraph pictures for Mrs. Wayne Beaver to take back 
to Africa. 

We welcome another new Council to our Fellowship. 
A W. M. C. was recently organized at Jenners, Pa., with 
eight members. Their membership has inci eased and 
they now have a completely organized group and c're 
busy working on the goals and district project. The 
pastor's wife, Mrs. Wayne Baker, is president of this 
new Council. 

The W. M. C. at Trncy, CcUf., met with the Modesto 
Council in October. A candlelight service was held at 
this joint meeting. The Tracy ladies recently "initiated" 
the new kitchen in their church by serving a meal on 
the day their new church addition was dedicated. 

At Dallas Center, Iowa, the W. M. C. has caught the 
vision of doing practical things for the Lord. Until re- 
cently this Council had considered the sending of a box 
of clothing to Clayhole as their mission work for the 
year. Now they are busy helping in other fields. In 
two work days (with some sewing done at home) more 
than 60 blankets were completed for the Navajo woik. 
Many layettes are in the making for Clayhole, Ky. This 
Council is also enjoying a steady growth in membership. 



IDEAS FOR BETTER ORGANIZATION 

(Your editoi received two splendid reports from Har- 
rah. Wash., and the Senior W. M. C. at Roanoke, Va. 
Perhaps the secret of their success lies in the fact that 
they have well-organized Councils. We print here the 
details of their organization that other Councils may 
profit thereby.) 

ROANOKE, VA., SR. W. M. C. 

"Our president, Mrs. J. L. Lloyd, with unusual exec- 
utive ability was able to carry out her committee organ- 
ization in a most successful way so that each chairman 
functioned both in the regular meetings and between 
times. This cooperation was felt in more sviccessful de- 
votional meetings and better work done by our Coun- 
cil. Our work can best be reported by monthly activ- 
ities. 

In September we held a meeting with the Junior 
Council highlighting the meeting with Conference re- 
parts. 

In October we held our membership ftieeting with the 
Membership Chairman in charge. This began with a 



covered -dish supper and the result was four new mem- 
bers at that tiiTie. 

In November our Consecration Chairman led the pro- 
gram in which our members rededicated themselves for 
service. 

In December we held a Chi'istmas meeting with the 
Jr. W. M. C. 

January. This was Family Altar month, with the 
Family Altar Chairman in charge. She gave literature 
on Family Worship to those present. 

February. The Prayer Chairman led and at this time 
reported that 35 had promised to pray daily for missions 
with the help of the prayer calendar. 

March. The Literature Chairman reviewed the Ar- 
thur I. Brown book, "I Will Come Again." Twenty-five 
women have read at least one reading-circle book dur- 
ing the year. 

April. The Project Chairman was in charge of the 
meeting. A kitchen shower was held for the church 
kitchen. Our other projects were Sunshine Sisters and 
seven boxes of clothing sent to Clayhole. 

May. Mother and daughter meeting. 

June. Our Bible Reading Chairman reported that 
oui women had read 11,824 chapters from the Bible thus 
far in the year. 

Our Publicity Chairman has placed 24 notices in our 
church calendar concerning our work. The Reminder 
Chairman has sent an average of 20 cards a month to 
members not likely to remember the meeting date. Our 
Social Chairman has had games and contests at the close 
of meetings when time permitted. The Corresponding 
Secretary has sent 51 cards to missionaries. Our pres- 
ident remembered each woman's birthday with a book- 
mark." 

HARRAH, WASH. 

"We are a small but active group of about 27 mem- 
bejs. We try to keep our emphasis on the spiritual part 
of our meetings. For that reason we use a number of 
committees, seven in all, trying to place each member 
on at least one. These committees are responsible for 
most of the social and business affairs, leaving more 
time for the devotional program at our regulai meetings. 

We have a Flower and Gift Committee which buys 
flowers for sick members, gifts for new brides, new 
babies, etc. One member of this committee sends birth- 
day cards and small gifts to the missionaries. 

The Social Committee makes plans for showers, plans 
menus for banquets, and takes charge of the kitchen for 
these occasions. 

The Program Committee plans the entertainment or 
program for these affairs, provides leaders for the reg- 
ular meetings. 

The Committee on Devotions has three members, one 
of whom is in charge of the Prayer Band: another is 
responsible for keeping up interest in Family Worship: 
another supervises tract distribution. 

The Work Committee heads up the canning and sew- 
ing projects. We made pajamas for a children's home. 

We have one member who is responsible for the 
local project — that of buying new silverware for the 
church kitchen. 

We also have a Librarian, who sees that the reading 
circle books circulate." 

(Ed. note. Our limited space prevents us from print- 
ing the report of their many activities. Sorry.) 



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THE IMPORTANCE AND BLESSING OF FAMILY WORSHIP 



By MRS. CHARLES MAYES 



"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in him- 
self: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 
O Lord, correct me, but with judgment, not in thine 
anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Pour out thy fury 
upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the 
families that call not on thy name" (Jer. 10:23-25). 

Long ago the Prophet Jeremiah prayed this prayer, 
and although he was referring to particular people and 
nations, history has proven that it sets forth principles 
that are unchanging and inevitable. 

The family has come down to us from the Garden of 
Eden. It is older than the state; it is older than the 
church, but the state is made up of families and the 
church is made up of Christian families. Each will be 
only what its families are. 

If we are alarmed by world conditions and gathering 
clouds of divine judgment, we may well pause to ask if 
our Brethren families are really calling upon the name 
■of the Lord. 

It is assumed that every individual Christian should 
call upon the name of the Lord and maintain secret 
prayer. The truth that I wish to emphasize is that every 
Christian family, as a family, should call upon the name 
of the Lord. Many excuses for not doing so are given, 
but most of them may be included in just two general 
groups. Either it is not convenient or we are afraid or 
ashamed to do so. 

If it is inconvenient, perhaps the condition which 
makes it so is out of the will of the Lord. Many alleged 
inconveniences could be put aside or overcome by an 
earnest desire and a determined purpose to have a 
family altar. If the family cannot all be brought to- 
gether at one certain time, perhaps they can at another. 
If they cannot all be brought together at any one time, 
that is no reason why the part of the family that can be 
together should neglect this duty. If we are ashamed 
or afraid, let us remember the words of our Lord when 
He said, "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me 
and of my words in this adulterous and sinful gener;i- 
tion; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when 
he Cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy 
angels." 

The ideal family altar should be informal, yet rever- 
ent. It should include Bible-reading, prayer, and per- 
haps singing, and each member of the family should 
have a part. However, the method is not nearly as 
important as the fact that there is such an altar, and 
that that altar is an acknowledgment that the truth of 
Jeremiah's prayer is recognized and that the way of 
that family is indeed "not in" itself. 

Tlie memory of a family altar at the breakfast table, 
which included merely a portion of Scripture read by my 
father, and the "Lord's Prayer" in unison, is very pre- 
cious to me. Too formal, you may say, but its place in 
our home was all-important. Nothing was ever allowed 
to interfere with it, and there radiated from it true rev- 
erence and respect for the Word of God. A church 
which was rapidly drifting into modernism provided 
little help, but six born-again Christians went out from 



that home to marry Christians and establish other 
Christian homes. 

The measure of blessing received will depend largely 
upon how nearly that which is prayed at the family altar 
is lived and practiced throughout the day. Some par- 
ents pray with their mouths that their children may 
become Christians, and then go out and pray by their 
conduct that they may become rich and popular. Chil- 
dren are very quick to sense inconsistencies. When we 
think how little agreement there is between some of 
our prayers and our daily lives, it is no wonder that 
so many children from Christian homes go out to live 
godless lives. When the high priest entered the Holy 
Place, a golden coronet encircled his brow with the 
words engraven upon it, "Holiness to the Lord." A 
father in whose life the holiness of God is reflected, 
will have no difficulty in making family worship a 
blessing to each member of the family. 

The temptations which our children face as they go 
out into the world are so subtle and so strong that we 
are shocked when we hear of them. The task of being 
a parent today is so complex and bewildering that for 
parents not to admit that they need help and guidance 
would be inviting defeat. We have heard hundreds of 
testimonies as to the blessings of family altars, but we 
have never yet heard of one which was not a help. Can 
we afford to neglect or ignore a means of blessing which 
is as limitless as the power of our omnipotent God, and 
as certain as His promises. 

"In the calm of sweet communion let thy daily work be 
done: 

In the peace of soul outpouring, care be banished, pa- 
tience won; 

And if earth with its enchantments seek thy spirit to 
enthral. 

Ere thou listen, ere thou answer — turn to Jesus — tell 
Him all." — Selected. 




RE«MEMB£I% 

Our Missionaries' 

Birthdays 



Africa (18 days via air mail) — 

Allen Bennett Taber (age 6) February 14 

United States (children of missionaries) — 
Mrs. Miriam Sickel Churchill February 2 

Winona Lake, Ind. 
David Jobson February 9 

1440 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 
Mrs. Kathryn Jobson Bellinger February 19 

5803 McMahon St., Philadelphia, Pa. 



January 15, 7949 



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0^ MaMf and McMha 



"BRETHREN HARVEST FIELDS" 



The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would 

send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). 



DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARY 

HEART SONGS— "Rolled Away," "Every Day's a Happy 
Day," "There's a Longing in My Heart," "Jesus Heals 
the Broken Hearted," and "Near to the Heart of God." 

OPENING PRAYER. 

HEART "VTERSES— I Ki. 3:9: Psa. 28:7, 34:18. 139:23: 
Ecd. 8:5: John 14: 1: Rom. 10: 10: Eph. 5: 19: I Pet. 3: 15. 

SPECIAL MUSIC. 

MISSIONARY STUDY— "Healing or Helps," by Flor- 
ence Bickel. 

THEME CHORUS— "I Hear Thy Call." 

DEVOTIONAL STUDY — "The King's Standards" or 
Chapter 5 of "Epistle of Jude." 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Using Requests. 

S. M. M. BENEDICTION. 

BUSINESS— "Sharing With Us," etc. 



SHARING— WITH US 

California district, although new in Sisterhood woik, 
is putting some of us older districts to shame. After 
Conference they had a "Spanish" Sisterhood Rally. The 
S. M. M. girls of the Third Church of Los Angeles gave 
a skit about our camp project which included: First 
scene — setting up camp in Argentina — broken bed, holey 
blankets, rusted pans. etc. Second scene — girls with 
aching backs, sleeping on floor, cold. Third scene — girls 
getting a meal, coffee pot leaked, stove wouldn't work, 
so ate raw potatoes. Fourth scene — devotions — girls un- 
happy — leader reads "My God shall supply all yoin- 
needs," etc. — prayer. Then a letter arrives from Amer- 
ica telling that girls in S. M. M. are going to give toward 
new equipment for camp. Maybe you'd like to use this 
idea in your group. What are you doing to promote the 
camp project? Care to share your ideas with us? 



OFFICIARY 

President— June Bowser. R. D 2. Box 135. Brookville. Ohio 
Vice President— Helen Ogden. 500 State St.. Johnstown. Pa 
General Secretary— Ruth Ringler, R D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown Pa 
Treasurer— Pauline Helsel. 802 Third Ave.. Duncansville. Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Donna Moine. 809 Wick Ave.. Ashland. Ohio 
Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 1511 Maiden Lane. S. W.. Roanoke 

Va. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Ethel Simmons. 225 Seventh Ave., Juniata. 

Altoona. Pa- 
Bandage Secretary — Helen Taber. Winona Lake, Ind. 



S. M. M. FELLOWSHIP CORNER 

The desire of the Sisterhood girls of Winchester. Va., 
is that they might be shining lights for Jesus. They are 
trying to meet all the goals this year. For the Argen- 
tine Camp Fund they have penny pals who are helping 
in this project. 

* * * 

Use your last year's valentines to make attractive in- 
vitations for our February meeting. 



The Intermediate Sisterhood girls of Kittanning, Pa., 
will soon be wearing green jumpers with white blouses. 
Remember that pattern number is Vogue 2446. 



Here's a new idea from the Sr. S. M. M. of Flora, Ind. 
They have "nickel partners" among the men of the 
church. This Sisterhood had a good time decorating 
tables for their District Youth Rally. Last year they 
had 10 Sisterhood girls. Already this year they have 

16 members. 

* # * 

We have heard that the Ghent Sisterhood girls of 
Roanoke, Va., are passing little doll kettles around 
among the members of the church to let them have a 
share in their South American project. Already they 
have over nine dollars. 



This is the space where your Sisterhood news should be. 



Our last year's literature secretary, Gloria Walters, 
became Mrs. John Armstrong on October 30th. Con- 
gratulations, Gloria, and best wishes from all the girls 



The girls of the Leon, Iowa, Sisterhood plan to have 
a special project at every meeting this year. Already 
they have rolled bandages, sent a collection of ribbons 
to New Mexico, and have made blankets for the Nav- 
ajo Indians. They also have had a candle-light service 
at one of their meetings. 



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The King's Standards 



By MRS. ARTHUR CAREY 



Does a princess have to conform her hfe to a standard 
that is set up, or does she do as she pleases? You say, 
"Of course she must act like the king's daughter should." 
Yes, you are right! The princess conforms her life to 
the royal standard — not to the standard of the people of 
the world, nor yet to the fads of the girls of her age. 
She is considered neither ignorant nor neglected for 
behaving as a princess, but rather she is respected and 
often copied. 

You, as Christian girls, constantly have the problem 
of worldliness to deal with, and some girls find it almost 
too much to cope with. No one knows better than I 
how easy it is to wonder if others will think us unnat- 
ural or odd if we cling to Bible standards and strive to 
please our Father, the King, rather than the common 
people. 

First of all, each one of you, if you have not already 
done so, must come to the place of decision, deciding 
whether you are going to put God first in your lives, or 
put the world first. It is a decision you must make for 
yourself. You can sidestep it, dodge it, or put it off, and 
live a sort of off-and-on existence for a while, but all 
the time you will be deciding in favor of the world, and 
finally you will be blind to the fact that God is taking a 
back seat. 

There are many people today who I believe are really 
Christian but have so neglected their spiritual life that 
as far as Christian influence is concerned are like a 
burned-out bulb, a dead battery, a broken spring, or a 
clogged drainpipe. Their spiritual self is an anemic 
little dwarf, too weak to say or do anything it should, 
while their physical life is well fed and robust, their 
social life flourishes, and perhaps their intellectual life 
is keen and sharp. What a lopsided personality this is! 
Solomon, in Proverbs, tells us, "The fear of the Lord is 
the beginning of wisdom." 

So, I wish each one of you would right now ask 
yourself these questions that will follov/. Also, tonight 
before you go to bed, would you kneel and talk heart- 
to-heart with your heavenly Father, and inquire of Him 
for wisdom and strength to clean out the cluttered-up 
places in your life that He may occupy them. The very 
best of Christians and the most learned of Bible scholars 
have to do this periodically throughout their lives. 
When a person gets too "good" or "perfect" to humble 
himself in this way, look out! He's destined for a fall. 
God's Word plainly tells us that when a man thinketh 
himself to be something, he is nothing. 

The happiest people in the world are the consecrated 
Christians. Did you ever see a Christian that was trying 
to keep one foot in the world that was happy? The Holy 
Spirit's restraining influence keeps him from going all 
out for the world, and his own selfish will keeps him 
from going all out for God. Did you ever see anyone 
having any fun, or doing any good with one foot in the 
water and one foot on the land? He can neither swim 
nor walk. 

There are decisions to make every day, and they will 
determine who is first in our hearts and lives. We will 
mention a few. Our Scripture verse which we will use 

January 15, 1949 



as a guide will be Colossians 3:17. Please read this 
verse together. Then keep your Bibles opened there for 
the rest of this article. 

1. One of the first things that confronts us is music. 
"Music?" you say. What could possibly be wrong with 
music? Nothing is wrong with music, but music is the 
avenue by which we approach many of our activities. 
It can lead us to sublime heights of worship of our 
Maker, it can help us give expression to our joys and 
sorrows. 

But it also can draw us to the sensuous dance, the 
suggestive movie, or places where intoxicating drinks 
flow freely. A girl gifted in music will find flattering 
offers to use her music to make money in a worldly 
way, and she will need the grace of God to help her to 
shun them. 

Also music can be used in the church in such a way 
as to cause jealousy, pride, and unhappy feelings among 
the Christian people. But if we can use music, as our 
guide verse suggests, to glorify God, then we can rest 
assured that music will not become a stumbling block 
to any one. Reread Colossians 3: 17. 

2. Sometimes athletics become a problem. I have 
heard some say that all athletics are worldly, but I am 
leminded that Jesus loved the great out-of-doors and 
the Apostle Paul was an enthusiastic athlete. He used 
the foot race as an example of the Christian life. God 
wants us to honor our bodies and develop them in the 
best way possible. He tells us that they are temples of 
the Holy Ghost and should be kept fit for Him. In m.y 
opinion, athletics are a wholesome outlet for the energy 
of young Christians, and we ought to support all recrea- 
tion that we conscientiously can to more sharply testify 
to our disapproval of those amusements which are sinful. 
Of course, athletics, when wrongly used, can lead to 
evils, too, and we must be careful to use our guide verse 
in this regard, too. Reread Colossians 3: 17. 

3. Then, of course, there is a whole list of amuse- 
ments that are always a source of argument with young 
people. All these have been proven to have definitely 
harmful effects on Christian life and growth. When I 
see a Christian begin to lose interest in the church and 
his spiritual fervor begin to let up, I am almost sure that 
some worldly pleasure has been allowed to creep in. 
Modern dances arouse our emotions in an unholy way. 
Movies teach us the worldly ways of life. Smoking and 
drinking tear down the bodily temple of God's own Holy 
Spirit. Obscene pictures and literature fill our minds 
with thoughts foreign to holy living. Indecent clothing 
and garish makeup certainly do not lend to a testimony 
of the saving power of Christ. Cards and gambling are 
definitely the devil's tools and not necessary for the 
happiness of one who has her life bound up in the love 
of Christ. Petting is degrading and leads to terrible 
sins which will be discussed in a later article. There 
are many others, but space does not permit, and perhaps 
I have given you enough "don'ts" for one evening any- 
way. Don't forget to pray beside your bed this evening, 
and once more, just now, all read together our guide 
verse (Col. 3:17). 

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Aev. and i--.rs- Blaine Snyder 
Winona Lake, Ind. • 



"HEALING OR HELPS" 

When Christ said. "Go ye therefore and teach all na- 
tions," He spoke to the eleven apostles. But Paul tells 
us that Christ meant not only the apostles but that all 
who are of His body should be witnesses for Him. 
Christ did not explain in just what way each individual 
should serve, only that the Holy Spirit would be the 
power in us to be His witnesses. 

Here again Paul reveals to us, in I Corinthians 12:28. 
that "God hath set some in the church, first apost'es, 
secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that mir- 
acles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diver- 
sities of tongues." 

Sandwiched in between the other gifts are these two: 
"gifts of healing and helps." Our Lord knew that the 
different individuals would be attracted to Him in dif- 
ferent ways and that the Holy Spirit would need to use 
■different methods to reach those who were sinners and 
could not discern the things of God. He knew that the 
most eloquent preacher, consecrated prophet, or the 
most learned teacher could not reach all those who 
"were lost in sin. God saw that a witness going out into 
a little grass hut where he would need to stoop very low 
to enter the door, then kneeling in the dust of the clay 
floor, to bend over a dirty, bare, sick body in humility 
and love to relieve their suffering, might reveal the 
loving Saviour who died to give them eternal life. So 
He gave some the "gift of healing," and "helps." 

That little word "helps" can mean so much to us, just 
helping others to see the Saviour through kindness and 
love even as Dorcas did. Who has a greater privilege in 
a service of this kind than one who cares for the sick'^ 

At the dispensary at Bellevue we treat 125 patients a 
day. Each of these gets from one to five different kinds 
of treatment. Some of these come from distant places 
where many of their own people are suffering beyond 
our imagination at the hands of the witch doctors. 
Little Anna, six years old, a child of one of the Bible 
school students, was very sick, her jaws were set and 
her mouth and throat were very sore. The doctor from 
Bossangoa did not know what the disease was. It was 
very strange, so I asked the father if the witch doctors 
would say she had an evil spirit that caused the sick- 
ness. He said, "Yes, and they would break all her 
teeth out to chase the evil spirit away." What terrible 
suffering that would be for a poor little sick child. 
Torture is a means used only by those who do not know 
Jesus our loving Saviour. Little Anna died, but every- 
thing was done for her that could be done to relieve her 
suffering. When I asked her if she had taken the Lord 
Jesus into her heart, a sweet smile spread across her 
face. 

Bellevue is only one mission station out of nine. In 
the entire field we have only two active nurses at the 
present time. Dr. Taber and Miss Tyson have a full 
schedule in their native medical work at Yaloke besides 
the care of the white patients that are taken to the med- 
ical rest house. I, with four native helpers, have all Ave 
can do and have to call in Miss Mishler and Miss Kent 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for the Sisterhood work, that it might be done 
to the glory of our Lord. 

Pray for the work in New Mexico, that the Lord 
will send other workers to carry on the work there. 

Remember the requests of your own local group. 



to help us sometimes. Mrs. Williams has the very im- 
portant work of teaching in the Bible school, therefore 
cannot help with medical work. Miss Myers has given 
up her work at the Bassai dispensary to do translation 
work among the Pana people, to give them God's Word 
in their own language. Mrs. Goodman has gone to a 
new district where she may in the future be able to do 
medical work. Mrs. Kennedy, who has had the over- 
sight of the dispensary at Bekoro, is also translating the 
New Testament for the Kabba people and caring for 
the women's work, therefore has time only for emer- 
gency medical work. 

Girls, we need nurses! Are there some of you dear 
S. M. M. girls to whom the Lord has given a "gift of 
healing" or "helps" that He wants you to use for His 
glory among those who are sick unto death? Yield 
yourself unto His nail-print hand and let Him lead you. 
Luke 10: 2 — "The harvest truly is great, but the labour- 
ers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest 
that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." 

— Miss Florence Bickel. 



CAMPS— ARGENTINA 

As the girls" project is the summer camp I would sug- 
gest a skit in which all the difficulties of not having a 
permanent site are brought in. Let me mention a few 
that we have. 

We began about two months before camp time to look 
for a place in the hills. A place where there is shade 
and water is difficult to find, for Argentina has very 
few trees and very little water. And when it's a dry 
year, as it frequently is, all of the mountain streams 
dry up. And when we have had locusts, as we fre- 
quently do, all of the leaves of the few trees that there 
are are gone. So it is not easy to find shade and water 
that are really essential. 

Then when we have found a place and look up the 
owner and he has finally consented to rent it to us — the 
despised heretics — then we hold our breath, hoping and 
praying that the spring rains won't make the hill roads 
impassable for the trucks that take the equipment and 
the young people. We have to take everything — tents, 
beds, dishes, tables, benches, all of the food, and in a 
word, everything that we need (for the site is just a 
bare piece of ground) over 50 miles of rough hill roads. 

We generally pile part of the young people on top of 
the last load of equipment. The rest of them get there 
by cars or bus. Our camp has grown so that the tents 
are no longer adequate. We will have to have another 
one or else a building of some sort. This latter is what 
we really need, but can't have it until we can purchase 
a site. There have been varied difficulties — sometimes 
the meat or the milk, or the vegetables that were to have 
been sent from Rio Cuarto did not arrive but everyone 
has been very happy. — Mrs. Clarence Sickel. 



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New Troy Home Mission Church Becomes 

Self-Supporting 



The Directors of the Brethren Home Missions Council 
take great joy in announcing the "graduation" of an- 
other Home Mission church. 

Under the leadership of Brother and Sister Russell 
Williams, a Brethren church was established In the town 
of New Troy, Michigan, with a very small nucleus of 
people. The work grew substantially from the begin- 
ning. The securing and moving of part of the present 
building is a story of courage, faith, and determination 
against all odds. Through the hard work of pastor and 
people a splendid building has been completed and is in 
use. A large part of the indebtedness has already been 
paid. 



When Brother Williams assumed the pastorate of our 
new church in Yakima, Washington, the New Troy con- 
gregation called Brother and Sister Leslie Moore to lead 
the flock. They have been richly used by God in further 
spiritual and numerical growth in the congregation. 

Thus we give to every Home Mission prayer warrior 
and donor another valuable dividend. The New Troy 
church is a completed project and no longer receives 
any financial support from the Home Missions Council, 
but joins the ranks of our established churches to assi.st 
in opening new fields of endeavor. 

Giving to Home Missions pays! 



NEW TROY GOES SELF-SUPPORTiNG 

By H. LESLIE MOORE, Pastor 

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ from the Brethren of New Troy, Michigan. 

Upon our arrival at New Troy in September of 1947. 
we found a work already well established. The build- 
ing program, which included a church and parsonage, 
was complete. The membership had grown from six 
charter members to a total membership of 104. The 
church, because of its Bible-teaching ministry, had 
gained a host of friends in the community. Therefore, 
as we came, the task was not one of laying a foundation 
but to build upon the foundation that had already been 
laid. The great burden of building the present edifice 
and other work necessary to establishing a church had 
been cared for by the members under the able leader- 
ship of Rev. Russell L. Williams, the former pastor. 
. Therefore, being led of God we feel It our responsi- 
bility to build up the saints and endeavor to reach the 
lost with the Gospel of Christ. 

In looking back over the short time that we have been 
here as pastor we can truthfully say, "The Lord has 
been good." He has added to His church. He h-'s 
abundantly cared for every spiritual and financial ne?d 
of the church. As we face another new year, we do so 
with assurance that God will continue His rich blessings 
upon the work here. 

Concerning the future of the work here tne possibil- 
ities are unlimited. It is true that New Troy is a small 
town. However, it is closely situated to several oth'>r 
towns that present a real challenge to any Gospel- 
preaching church. The rural section likewise presenT;N 
a real challenge. Pray with us that we may be able to 
meet these challenges effectively for Christ. 

One of the highlights of the past year thst be-rs 
special mention is the prayer meetings. God has won- 
derfully blessed not only in the regular Wednesday- 



■OUR COVER PICTURES- 



Various groups and classes at our Brethren Home 
Mission Church at New Troy. Mich., appear on the 
front cover of this issue. In the upper left is the 
New Troy church, and just below it are Pastor Leslie 
Moore and family. 



evening prayer meetings, but in special called meetings 
for prayer. We are of the opinion that the church inost 
likely to succeed is the church that goes forward on its 
knees. Throughout the year family altars have been 
eitablished that have proven a real blessing both to the 
church and the individuals. 

During the past year the church has contributed 
S629.98 to the Foreign Missionary Society, S743.90 to the 
Home Missions Council, $120.86 to Jewish missions. 
$211.12 to District Missions. $94.03 to the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald Company. $177.59 to Grace Seminary, 
and $97.31 to the Gospel Truth radio program. Beside 
ihese contributions the Lord h"s enabled the people to 
meet their current expenses and other obligations. At 
this present writing the church has paid ahead building 
loans due in 1951. Truly the Lord has blessed. 

As prstor and people \\'e wish to thank our heavenly 
Fpther for His sustaining gr?ce, tender mercies, and for 
the many other rich blessing's He has so bountifully 
b?'=towed upon us. 

Further, that we commend tnd thank the Brethren 
Home Missions Council ?nd its lai'ge family of friends 
''or all th-t th?y have done to inake the church at New 
Troy a reality. 

Our prayer is that ve imv realize that our task is no! 
complete rnd thf:t the Lord h?3 a special mission for the 
New Troy Brethren Clu'rch in this community, that of 
preaching and teaching the whole Bible without apology 
— that s?lvrtion is bv faith. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. at the post office at Winona Lake. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly bv The Brethren Missionarv Herald Co., Winona L.nke. Ind. Subsc-iption price. $2,00 a year; 100 
per cent churches. JI.50: foreign S3. 00. Board or Dieectors: Herman Hoyt. President: Bern-'rd Schneider. Vice President; Walter A Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer: R. D. Crees. R. E. Gingrich. Arnold Kriegbaum. S. W. Link, Robert Miller. Conard Sandy. William H. 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS GRACE IN NEW TROY 
By MRS. JOHN LUDLUM, Church Historian 

Organization of the New Troy Brethren Church was 
completed more than 60 years ago, and for a number of 
years a local elder, John English, served as pastor. Fol- 
lowing his death a Sunday school was maintained for 
some time, and an effort was later made to form a union 
church in New Troy. The result was complete disor- 
ganization of the New Troy Brethren Church. 

In 1937 the Rev. Arthur Carey began holding Sunday 
evening services every two weeks, driving 130 miles 
from Lake Odessa, Michigan. On his invitation the Rev. 
Russell L. Williams came to the church on September 
4, 1938, to be greeted by a congregation of six. He was 
called to be the pastor and three weeks later assumed 
the pastorate. During the first six months a new Breth- 
ren church was organized with six charter members. 
This new church was aided financially durmg its first 
year by the Lake Odessa, Michigan, and Sidney, Indiana, 
churches. 

On January 8, 1940, an agreement was entered into 
with the Home Missions Council, and for three years 
they supplemented the pastor's salary. Then the church 
assumed full salary responsibility, but the Home Mis- 
sions Council relationship was continued, for the church 
now looked forward to a new building. 

The first building offering was received on June 11. 
1944. A dance hall was purchased and work on a new 
church home was begun. By combining the dance hall 
and the old church, a building was erected which houses 
both church and parsonage. On April 22, 1945. the New 
Troy Brethren Church was dedicated. All praise is His 
who giveth victory and causeth us to triumph in Christ. 

During the years the Sunday school has grown to an 
enrollment of 125. A young people's work was organ- 
ized in 1945. Four fellowship groups — adult, senior, 
intermediate, and junior — now meet each Sunday eve- 
ning. There is an active Women's Missionary Council, 
a Brethren Laymen's Fellowship was formed in August 
1947, and recently a Boys Club was organized. The 
present church membership is 110. 

How has all this been accomplished? The Lord has 
sent New Troy two faithful pastors — the Rev. Russell 
L. Williams, serving from September, 1938, until Sep- 
tember, 1947, and the present pastor, the Rev. H. Leslie 
Moore. Many evangelists, Bible teachers, and mission- 
aries have come to New Troy in these ten years. What 
years of blessing they have been! 

After a nine-year relationship with the Home Mis- 
sions Council, New Troy now steps out in faith to be- 
come an independent church. New Troy covets the 
prayers of the Brethren people that we "may know him, 
and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of 
his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death," 
that through the New Troy Brethren Church the Lord 
may speak forth His glorious news of salvation. 



as knowledge is given through the study of the Word 
of God. 

We have tried to provide a place of service for every 
born-again Christian in our local church in some ave- 
nue of our church endeavor. 

Our church has a missionary vision, and there is a 
privilege to be used of the Lord in the Women's Mis- 
sionary Council, Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, the 
Brethren Laymen's organization and the Brethren Boys 
work. 

Our Bible school is a growing active work where 
wonderful opportunities for consecrated teachers and 
officers are afforded in Christian service. 

Our church is also interested in youth and their ac- 
tivities and sees to it that such activities are Christ- 
centered, thereby offering a place of service to yielded 
youth leaders. 

Even our cars can be greatly used in the service of 
our church and our Lord, for the church is located in a 
rural community. 

Our church preaches and teaches the whole Word of 
God in this sin-sick community, and there is a great 
responsibility for those of us who have accepted the 
Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour to walk worthy of Him, 
being faithful in every good work, witnessing and tes- 
tifying to the saving, keeping, satisfying power of God. 

We believe that there is power in praj'er, and we need 
to be in our places faithfully attending the prayer serv- 
ices in order to enjoy a healthy spiritual life. 

Because we are ambassadors for Christ we must not 
be slothful in His service but doing all things decently 
and in order, being fervent in spirit, not boasting in our 
own good works but glorifying our Father which is in 
heaven. 



REDEEMING THE TIME 

By MRS. A. W. LINDSTRAND, Financial Secretaixj 

1 do praise the Lord that the New Troy Brethren 
Church is "redeeming the time," and is faithful to the 
Word and burdened for lost souls, walking in the light 



WE WANT TO BE EXAMPLES 

By R. E. TAYLOR, Bihle School Superintendent 

We want to be examples because leading the life the 
Lord wants us to makes us examples. 

To be an example is to set a mark for others to strive 
for — to want to be like us, to copy our every action. We 
see it so often in our children. Maybe today they act 
like one certain playmate while tomorrow they may take 
on a new character and copy the actions of another 
playmate. We pray for the right exampleship before 
our children, that we "grown-ups" may not be a stum- 
bling block for them. The Lord wants us to be exam- 
ples for people of the world. We should so live and act 
that they want to be like us. We can show them at a 
glance that we have something they should attain! 

Christians are to be a separated people. This can 
only be done by association with godly people. Chris- 
tian fellowship, and putting aside all worldly habits and 
companionship with the devil's works. If this is done 
then we are true examples and setting the right mark 
for others. 

God created us in His image! What a wonderful ex- 
ample we have! If we strive to please Him in every 
action and word then the stamp of the world will not be 
on us. We pray for the light of the Lord to shine forth 
from our countenance and to be delivered from the 
mark of this old world. We pray that we may be an 
example for some sinner that he may come to know 
the Lord through our actions and words. 



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ROMANS 8:28 WAS OUR RULE 



WHAT THE BRETHREN CHURCH MEANS TO ME 



By BEN MENSINGER, Treasurer 

As I look back over the years since we first planned 
to enlarge the church building at New Troy, that we 
might have sufficient room for the Bible school and 
church, the Lord truly has blessed us not only spirit- 
ually, but financially. 

In the spring of 1944 the Rev. Russell Williams, our 
former pastor, located a building for sale which we 
were going to add to our building, but the owner would 
not let us move the building until it was paid for. We 
took a free-will offering and with what money that was 
in the treasury for the building fund, we paid cash for 
the building. In the process of moving we were ordered 
to get the building off the road, so it had to be taken 
apart piece by piece. This was very discouraging at the 
time, but Brother Williams said Romans 8: 28 still stands 
good. We still went forward. By the time the building 
was finished it cost over three times as much as we had 
planned in the beginning, but now we have a building 
that is used to glorify our precious Lord. 

There were times when we didn't know how we would 
meet the bills, but through prayer and the aid of the 
Home Missions Council and other friends of the church 
Romans 8:28 was fulfilled. 



PRAYER IS THE SECRET 

By CHARLES SPARKS 

I want to give you just as near as possible what the 
New Troy Brethren Church means to ine, also to my 
family. They, as well as myself, have been accepted 
into the Body of Christ in this church. We love the 
church and its people, for we enjoy the Christian fel- 
lowship we find there. 

The prayer meeting is the outstanding service to me. 
We surely have been blessed in these services. I sin- 
cerely believe everything that has been accomplished in 
the New Troy church has been through prayer to our 
heavenly Father. God has sent two ministers to this 
church, one as well as the other. They have preached 
His Word and preached it with power from on high. I 
just want to stop here long enough to praise God for it 
all. I wish everyone who reads these few words of 
testimony could have witnessed some of the revivals 
that I have seen in this church where God's love 
reaches down and raises sinners up. This to me is the 
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 



MY CHURCH MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME 

By ORA SMITH 

My church is a place where I can go to worship the 
living God and where the true Gospel is preached from 
the pulpit and taught in the Sunday school classes. My 
church is a place of fellowship where God's people get 
together and work with one another and fellowship with 
God in prayer and song and the reading of the Holy 
Scriptures. 

I thank God for the privilege of worshipping here at 
the New Troy Brethren Church and for the fine fellow- 
ship enjoyed at all times between the Brethren, and my 
prayer is that God will use me and this church in the 
future for His glory. 



By MRS. PAULINE OLMSTEAD 

About two years ago I realized I would have to find a 
new church home, as the one to which I belonged joined 
forces with the Federal Council of Churches. It was 
not an easy thing to do after being in one denomination 
over forty-five years. 

I visited several good Bible-teaching churches, but 
when I entered the New Troy Brethi-en Church I knew 
I had found the right one, for you could feel the pres- 
ence of God, and soon I was attending all the services I 
could, as I live more than eleven miles from the church. 
A year ago in July I became a member and the spiritual 
joy that has been mine I never expected to experience 
in this world. To know someone is praying for me 
every day that my life will be what the Father would 
have it to be; to know that in each service the precious 
truths of the Bible will be taught: to know the joy of 
Christian fellowship with people who are in this world, 
but not of it: to know we have a Grace Seminary where 
our pastors are taught to rightly divide the Word of 
truth; to know how to observe the threefold commun- 
ion as Christ taught it (I had never taken communion 
this way before becoming a Brethren) : aU of this has 
been a real blessing to me, a joy. and peace as the 
Father promised. 




GREETINGS FROM SIDNEY, IND.. BRETHREN 
CHURCH 



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As the Editor Sees It 



By L. L. GRUBB 




RUSSIA OBJECTS TO GOD 

Here is some bad medicine for those who insist that 
Russia is not atheistic. Russia objected to a proposed 
reference to God in the first article of a United Nations 
draft on human rights on the ground that it demon- 
strated "social backwardness." Brazil wanted the article 
to say that "all humans are born in the likeness and 
image of God." 

One of the reasons the United Nations organization 
has miserably failed is because God has not been taken 
into her counsels. Mainly because of the objections of 
Russia and her satellites, prayer and references to God 
and the Bible have been absent from the sessions. In- 
stead of listening to Russia and barring God from the 
council table the nations should hear the word of Jer- 
emiah, ". . . the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of 
hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: 
for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of 
men: to give everyone according to his ways, and ac- 
cording to the fruit of his doings" (32:18,19). 

On the same day Russia also objected to a reference 
to "brotherhood" in the article declaring that only in a 
socialistic state can men be true brothers. Then the 
Russian delegate descended to the level of the beast and 
made some vulgar references to the fleshly relationship 
of men and women. How ironic and condemning, then, 
are the words of Christ as spoken to the scribes and 
Pharisees in John, "Ye are of your father the devil, and 
the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer 
from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because 
there is no truth in him" (8:44). 

The deluded Russians and all unbelievers must real- 
ize that the only true brotherhood is among believers 
in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It is high time that Americans as a whole begin to 
recognize in Russia not only a material enemy, but a 
spiritual enemy as well. Russia bitterly hates Chris- 
tianity and all Christians, and would liquidate each 
without mercy if the opportunity were presented. The 
only safe way to insure ourselves against such disaster 
is to preach the Gospel of Christ with increasing em- 
phasis and power. 

WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH OUR CHILDREN? 

We are told that advance population calculations in- 
dicated that about 10^2 million children should have 
been bom from 1941 through 1945. Actually 141/2 mil- 
lion arrived. We definitely had a baby boom. 

As a result there is a school shortage which will grow 
worse. This great tidal wave of children will increase 
until in 1956 it is expected that there will be 24 million 
children in the public elementary schools as compared 
with 20 million this year. 

This is serious, but more serious is the fact that mil- 
Hons of these children will never hear the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ through any medium of expression. Chris- 
tianity has been largely shut out of the public schools. 



School teachers are usually indifferent or openly antag- 
onistic to spiritual work in the schools. The Sunday 
school is not the effective insti-ument it once was. Thou- 
sands of Sunday school teachers know nothing of the 
Bible themselves and many are not even born again. If 
the Sunday school is not doing its job now, what prom- 
ise can the future hold? 

We of the National Fellowship of Brethren Churches 
should open our eyes to envision the opportunities which 
are before us now and especially during these next few 
years. The Sunday schools of our established churches 
should be running in "high gear" in an intensive pro- 
gram to reach the boys and girls. We must also reach 
out in our communities and surrounding territory from 
these churches and establish branch Sunday schools. 
In addition we should be building many more new 
churches to meet the challenge of this new generation. 
If we fail, a wave of juvenile delinquency, worse than 
any yet experienced, will sweep our nation. 

PARENTS, ARE YOU ASLEEP? 

An article appeared in a magazine recently about an 
eighteen-year-old lad who had committed one of the 
most cold-blooded murders in the criminal history of 
Ohio. 

Just before this boy paid with his life in the electric 
chair, he said, "I never had any guidance. I'm sorry I 
killed that guy. I want his family to know I'm sorry." 
Then he began to philosophize: "The reason guys like 
me go wrong is because of the way they are brought up. 
I made myself. I went to the movies. I read dirty 
books. I didn't have any religion. I thought the only 
way to live was to outsmart the other fellow." 

Hundreds of thousands of American youth are in the 
same condition. Schools and churches have failed them. 
Parents! wake up and do something about it! 

A NEW DEPARTURE IN RADIO 

With some interest we have followed the efforts of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church to innovate a new type of 
"religious" broadcast. 

Shortly after announcement of this project was made 
a newsy paragraph was issued stating that the church 
was afraid "the people we want to reach would be 
scared away by too much religion." So, it was planned 
to launch a broadcast containing no sermons, hymns, 
Bible readings, or prayer. Instead, subjects would in- 
clude a series of dramatic incidents from great plays 
produced with the cooperation of the Episcopal Actors 
Guild. This program was to begin October 1st. 

Recently at the annual Milwaukee Episcopal diocesan 
council meeting a favorable report was given on the 
project. The first play was "Cyrano de Bergerac," 
starring Walter Hampden, and was released over Mu- 
tual Broadcasting System stations. 

After hearing the report one of the Episcopal spokes- 
men arose to his feet and said, this is "the strategy of 
the cocktail hour lads." "As an advertising man, I can 



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recognize all the old hokum in the appeal, 'Are you 
going to be beaten by the Baptists, the Methodists, or 
the Roman Catholics?' They're good Christians, too." 
"There are hundreds and thousands of people crying to 
hear the Gospel, and we're talking about Cyrano de 
Bergerac." 

In contrast to this, the N. F. B. C. for over three years 
has been reaching hundreds of thousands of people with 
the pure Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through our 
national radio program. Even though our network has 
not approached being anything the size of the Mutual 
Broadcasting System, we have had a sizable and appre- 
ciative audience. Souls have been saved and Christians 
restored to fellowship with their Lord. 

The present system of programming can be used by 
any Brethren church. With an excellent male quartet 
and the national background any one of our churches 
may place their pastor on the air and have a valuable 
piece of advertising for the local church. 

"Cyrano de Bergerac" may be desirable from a social 
standpoint, but the Gospel of Christ is essential to meet 
the spiritual needs of men. 



HERE IS WHAT CAN BE DONE! 

The Nazarene Radio League's broadcast, "Showers of 
Blessings," which started with 37 stations, has grown to 
150 stations. Included in this number are 15 foreign 
stations which give coverage in South Africa, China. 
Philippine Islands, Australia, Hawaii, Barbados, Puerto 
Rico, Costa Rica, and many countries in South America. 

Several radio stations in Spanish-speaking lands have 
offered free time if the N. R. L. will provide a good 
Spanish-language broadcast. Plans are now being made 
by the League to buy up the opportunity. 

WILL YOU HELP? 

Our Radio Board is launching an effort to pay our 
radio deficit by suggesting that our churches send 50c 
per member. If all churches cooperate in this project, 
the "slate will be wiped clean." We welcome any gifts 
from individuals, which will be used for the develop- 
ment of radio work through the Brethren Church. 

The third and fourth Sundays of January have been 
set as the offering Sundays. Send your gifts to the 
Gospel Truth, Box 2, Winona Lake, Indiana. 




Home Missions Travelog 



BY THE SECRETARY 




As we travel across the nation visiting Brethren 
churches and investigating new fields for churches v«-e 
have varied experiences. Brethren people have ex- 
pressed an interest in hearing of these experiences and 
receiving more news about the churches. Thus this 
column will consist of statements concerning the vari- 
ous churches and what we find among them. We shall 
appreciate your expressions concerning any improve- 
ments or additions which could be made in this Travelog. 

COVINGTON. VA.— Here is a live-wire church. We 
always have a blessed time in fellowship with these 
folks. This has been one of our rapidly growing 
churches. A new addition to the main buildng is under 
construction. Bro. Lee Crist deserves inuch credit for 
his good work. 

BUENA VISTA, VA.— What a beautiful spot for a 
church; nestled at the foot of the mighty range of the 
Appalachians on top of which the Skyline Drive runs. 
Great strides forward were made in this work during 
the pastorate of Brother and Sister Edward Bowman. 
A new addition to the building was coinpleted and the 
interior decorated. There are many young people in 
this church. It is doing a fine job of preaching the 
Gospel in a needy southern community. 

HOLLINS, VA.— The name of Patterson is synon- 
ymous with Hollins. For nigh onto 40 years Brother 
and Sister Patterson have blessed the community with 
an effective Gospel ministry. Anyone who has ever 
been in the Patterson home knows what real southern 
hospitality is. This church is also planning a building 
prograin. 

ROANOKE, VA. — Like a lighthouse overlooking a 
;gigantic harbor, stands the Ghent Brethren Church of 



Roanoke. A lighthouse it truly is. The Gospel in all 
its fullness echoes from this hill overlooking the city of 
Roanoke, and every day and every night a huge sign on 
the tower — "Jesus Saves" — tells the good news of God's 
grace in Christ. Brother and Sister Herman Koontz 
have led this congregation from a state of discourage- 
ment through serious problems to a point where Ghent 
has become one of our stronger Brethren churches. 
Our fellowship with these people was sweet as usual. 

LIMESTONE, TENN.— The drive from Roanoke to 
Limestone is most beautiful, especially in the fall. The 
mountains are covered with a multi-colored coat. Lime- 
stone is moving along and gathering full speed ahead 
with Brother and Sister Earle Peer at the helm. A new 
addition to this building is in process of construction. 
Limestone is not far from the new. rapidly growing in- 
dustrial areas in eastern Tennessee. 

JOHNSON CITY - KINGSPORT - ELIZABETHTON, 
TENN. — While in Limestone we visited this new area 
and carefully investigated these cities with the purpose 
of establishing some new churches. We found definite 
possibilities and a new Bible class was started in John- 
son City. It is taught by Brother Peer. We are hoping 
soon to have churches located in a number of these 
Tennessee cities and then to move on south. TVA has 
done a tremendous piece of work in constructing huge 
dams in the area and made available cheap power for 
expansion. Here is an opportunity for some Brethien 
families who want to move south and help us start 
churches there. 

WINCHESTER, VA.— Here is a church which is 
really reaching the community for Christ. Each week 
Brother and Sister Paul Dick are on the air with the 



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HOLLINS, VA., BRETHREN— Pastor J. E. Patterson and wife are seen in upper left. 



Gospel. Our national program is aired from the Win- 
chester station. A recently completed tabernacle type 
building is an attraction to the community. It thrills 
us and makes us believe all the more in the work uf 
Brethren Home Missions when we see what God is 
doing through our former Home Mission churches. 

UNIONTOWN, PA.— The East District Mission Board 
was gathered in session as we headed west. Fellow- 
ship with these men bore fruit in some important Home 
Mission decisions for the district. 

WOOSTER, OHIO— A beautiful new church is in 
process of construction at Wooster, Ohio, which is a 
former Home Mission point. The same difficulties are 
being encountered in building as elsewhere, but the 
pastor. Brother Ashman, is pushing the construction as 
rapidly as possible. 

SIDNEY, IND.— Sidney has a fine little church, lo- 
cated just a few miles from Winona Lake, and it is 
served mostly by Seminary students, who have led the 
church to many victories. The present pastor, Bro. 
Charles Sumey, comes from Uniontown, Pa. 

BERNE, IND. — You can always plan on a good at- 
tendance at the Bethel Brethren Church near Beme. 
A mighty wholesome group of people, these folks are 
always ready to listen to the challenges of Home Mis- 
sions and give so liberally that usually one of the larg- 
est offerings comes from them. Bro. Ord Gehman's 
ministry has been richly blessed by God in this field. 

LEESBURG, IND.— One of the amazing and providen- 
tial instances of establishing a church is found in Lees- 



burg. A small group of Seminary students in coopera- 
tion with Louis Engle, F. B. Miller, and others, opened 
a church building which had been closed for many 
years and began to develop the work. Bro. Clyde Lan- 
drumi, who comes from Clayhole, Ky., was chosen to 
pastor the church. Without the help of any Home Mis- 
sion organization, this church is on its own and doing a 
job for Christ. We are proud to be associated with this 
group. 

OSCEOLA, IND.— It is a blessed and delightful sen- 
sation to step inside a Home Mission church which has 
recently been completed. The Bethel Brethren Church 
is a splendid example of economical and functional 
church construction. Bro. Ward Miller, the pastor, has 
been used by God to lead this church through many 
deep waters. Now the congregation is looking forward 
to the time when it will become self-supporting. 

FLORA, IND. — Brethren youth rallies across the na- 
tion have been a source of spiritual blessing and victory 
for our young people. An opportunity to speak at a 
Central District Rally at Flora was welcomed. What a 
joy it is to see our youth deciding for Christ and enter- 
ing the field of service. 

SOUTH BEND, IND.— South Bend is another miracle 
of God's grace. And it continues to be a miracle. The 
Lord is richly blessing the ministry of Brother and 
Sister William Clough. Souls are being saved and added 
to the visible church, and our Lord has been honored 
in many spiritual victories. With a well-equipped and 
spacious plant these Brethren are prepared to reach the 
community for Christ. 



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New Plans for Jewish Work 

It is with supreme joy in the gaining of another vic- 
tory for Christ that we see our plans for a Brethren 
Jewish mission coming to fruition. 

At a recent meeting of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council Executive Committee with Bro. Bruce Button, 
further and definite plans were made to get our Jewish 
work in full swing. Brother Button will receive train- 
ing in practical Jewish evangelism in probably three 
different Jewish missions for a period of a few m.onths 
and will then be prepared to settle with his family in a 
Jewish ghetto to minister the Word daily. During his 
training Brother Button will be doing practical work 
among the Jews constantly, and will have many inter- 
esting things to report to our churches. Regular letters 




MR. AND MRS. BRUCE BUTTON 

will be sent to the pastors as to the progress and state 
of the work. So, beginning January 20th, the entire 
National Fellowship of Brethren Churches may rejoice 
in the knowledge that jor the first time in our history, 
loe have our own denominationally supported Brethren 
missionaries to the Jews. 

We must have funds to support these missionaries 
and their family. We now have approximately $1,500 
in our Jev/ish Fund. We trust that God will lead our 
churches in their support of this Brethren project, and 
that gifts given for our Jewish work will not be deducted 
from those given to any other denominational enter- 
prise. Re■)ne^nher the Jewish offering is a year-roxind 
one. No funds will he taken from our Thanksgiving 
Offering or General Fund for this purpose. No special 
season or day will be set for Jewish offerings. 

We are looking forward to the time in several months 
when we will be faced with the necessity of purchasing 
some property for the permanent location of our Jewish 
work. This will also be accomplished in the measure 
made possible by the gifts of God's children. 

Other Brethren young people are already looking to- 
ward this field of service, and some who are qualified 
have already offered their services. Thus, we are in a 
position to do a real job for the Lord in Jewish work 
if the funds are forthcoming. In Jewish mission work. 

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PLEASE FORWARD YOUR HOME MISSION OFFER- 
ING TO WINONA LAKE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE 
TO BE COUNTED IN THIS THANKSGIVING OFFER- 
ING ALL GIFTS MUST BE IN BY FEBRUARY 15TH. 



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Send Sermon Outlines to Rev. Caleb S. Zimmerman, 
n West 4th Street, Waynesboro, Pa. 

THREE GREAT SENTENCES 

1. "It is finished" — Provision enough, John 19:30. 

2. "It is written" — Proof enough. Matt. 4:4. 

3. "It is I" — Presence enough, John 6:20. 

(Jenners, Pa., Bulletin) 

SOME DAILY RULES 

1. Prayl But how? — "Without ceasing." 

2. Rejoice! But when? — "Evermore." 

3. Give thanks! For what? — "In everything." 

(Jenners, Pa., Bulletin) 

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? 

1. A MIND— through which Christ thinks. 

2. A HEART— through which Christ loves. 

3. A VOICE— through which Christ speaks. 

4. A HAND— through which Christ helps. 

(Dayton, Ohio, First Brethren Bulletin) 

ENRICHED 
(I Cor. 1:5) 

1. In pardoning grace. 

2. In our position with God. 

3. In a holy purpose formed within us. 

(Dr. John Page) 

GOD FORGIVES 

1. God forgives for Christ's sake (Eph. 4:32). 

2. God forgives freely (Rom. 3:24; 4:24). 

3. God forgives fully (Col. 2:13). 

4. God forgives and forgets (Jer. 31:34). 

(W. A. Ogden Johnstown, Pa.) 

THE FACTS OF OUR FAITH 

1. The Fact of a Personal God. 

2. The Fact of Christ's Deity. 

3. The Fact of an Infallible Bible. 

4. The Fact of Sin. 

5. The Fact of Salvation. 

6. The Fact of Holy Living. 

(Dr. Herbert Lockyer — Moody Monthly) 

From Los Angeles, Calif. — 

We thank the Lord for the one -week evangelistic 
meeting conducted here by Rev. Glenn O'Neal, of Santa 
Barbara. During the meeting 127 new people attended 
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I S IP A IE IL C A L IL S ! -^ 



THE BLOSSOMING LAND OF DESOLATION 



By REV. ORD GEHMAN 



All night long after the fresh cooling rain the busy 
little creatures had worked to open the subterranean 
chambers and carry the small particles of earth tcf the 
surface. Trip after trip, each carrying almost its own 
weight thi-ough a passageway not much larger than 
itself. Yet the labors of these industrious little crea- 
tures all seemed in vain when Johnny went running 
down the garden path and stepped on the ant-hill by 
the wayside. Desolation and destruction came and 
pandemonium and consternation reigned within the 
well-ordered community among the inhabitants of the 
ant-hill. So one of the most tragic words in language 
is "desolation." 

A simple, homely, and crude illustration, yet its prin- 
ciple is working ceaselessly in the affairs of men. Des- 
olation in our world order always comes as a result of 
sin; not necessarily individual acts of violence, but sin, 
nevertheless. 

The Word of God is not silent regarding this matter 
of desolation. And since the Bible is primarily con- 
cerned about two great groups of people we note this 
same factor. The Old Testament deals primarily with 
the Jews and their relation to the land. The New 
Testament deals primarily with the Church of the Lord 
Jesus Christ and its relation to Him in His eternal state. 
Even as the New Testament promises to the Church 
deal with our heavenly home, so the Old Testament 
promises to the Jews deal with their earthly home, the 
land of Palestine. It is referred to in the Word as tlie 
Land of Promise, a land flowing with milk and honey. 
Yet if we believe the authentic reports of those who 
have been eyewitnesses to the utter desolation of the 
land of Palestine, it certainly does not seem to be a 
Land of Promise that flows with milk and honey, which 
suggests plenty and the best of everything. Every 
promise in the Word of God to the Jews, as Jews, is 
centered in their earthly home. The hope in the Jewish 
breast is to be at home in peace and rest in his own land. 

A great question confronts us. If God were so con- 
cerned about His covenant people, why did He not place 
them in their land He had promised them and permit 
them to dwell securely? Was not that His will for them? 
Yes, we believe it was, but the picture is marred by the 
ruthlessness of sin. This fact is very painfully pre- 
dicted in the book of Deuteronomy. Chapter 28, verses 
1 to 14 tell of all the blessings His chosen people were 
to enjoy in their land. The forepart of this fine chapter 
sounds like that familiar portion in the New Testament 
found in Matthew 5, commonly referred to as the 
Beatitudes. God was exceedingly generous in the ex- 
pression of His promised blessings. Yet these promises 
of blessing have for their antecedent an ominous "BUT" 
in verse 15. Then a long list of predictions of the things 
which shall come to pass upon the people and their land 
"IF" they are not faithful to their responsibility to God 
who had dealt so marvelously with them as a people. 

Sin always results in disobedience. So it was with the 
children of Israel. Their disobedience to the revealed 



will of God for them resulted in the putting into effect 
of the predictions following Deuteronomy 28: 15. Not 
only does Moses mention it here but the prophets later 
make the same allusions to the desolation of the land as 
a result of the disobedience of the people of the land. 
Jeremiah refers to it in 9: 11 and 18: 15-17. Ezekiel tells 
of desolation in 12:20 and also alludes to those who 
would defile Palestine's holiest things in 7:24 and 36: 
1, 2. These are remarkable prophecies regarding the 
stark realities of darkening heathenism which has pre- 
vailed in the land for centuries, yea, millenniums. To 
add to the desolation, it became physical too. Deuter- 
onomy 11:16, 17 and Jeremiah 3:3 are striking proph- 
ecies regarding the utter physical desolation of the Land 
of Promise. 

God always promises better things for those in whom 
He is interested. So with the Jews. When they were 
in a low state spiritually, God sent a fiery prophet to 
fan their waning nationalistic desires into white heat 
by the promises of the great blessings which shall be 
theirs when they were once again in their proper cov- 
enant relationship with God. These are wonderful and 
tremendous days in which we are permitted by the 
grace of God to live. Much of the desolation of the 
Land of Promise has been removed. The land a barren 
waste not too many years ago, is being made to blossom 
forth in magnificent beauty. And the home-bound 
Jews are on the land bringing these remarkable things 
to pass. What has not been done in centuries is being 
done in a few short years in these very days in which 
we live. Praise God! 

Bretkren, the time is short! His Day is at hand! The 
time of their Messiah's appearance to them approaches 
rapidly. But the tragic factor is that they are returning 
to their land in unbelief and utter ignorance of their 
Messiah. They desperately need the Message we have, 
by the grace of God, to give them. And yet, so long we 
have tarried. Too long we have neglected our oppor- 
tunity to give them the only Message that can save 
them from a Christless eternity. Let us, as Christians, 
and as a church, arise to our opportunity and give the 
scattered bewildered Jews the Message of mankind's 
only Hope, the Lord Jesus Christ. 



NEW PLANS FOR JEWISH WORK 

(Continued from Page 56) 

as in all our Home Mission work, the supply of workers 
continually runs ahead of the funds available for their 
use. God is giving us these splendid young people who 
are divinely called into service. Will we force them to 
search for a field of service outside our church? 

Offerings for the Jewish work should be sent directly 
to our office at Winona Lake. 

Make our Jewish work an item of daily prayer! 



January 22, 1949 



57 



Hews Bcie^ 



The church membership at the 
new Meyersdale, Pa., church now 
stands at 167. The average attend- 
ance at the Sunday morning service 
has increased since leaving the Main 
Street property, from 118 to 123, and 
the evening attendance from 58 to 
97. Sunday school and prayer meet- 
ing attendance have not declined. 
Six people were baptized Jan. 2. 

The dates for the evangelistic 
meetings at Waynesboro, Pa., have 
teen changed to Jan. 31-Feb. 13. 
Hev. C. H. Ashman is the evangelist. 

From Whittier, Calif.: "Last Sun- 
day the Bible school attendance was 
up over 300 and the morning service 
was the best-attended service for a 
long time." 

From Santa Barbara, Calif.: "A 
daughter came to live at the parson- 
age last Wednesday afternoon at 
5:00. Mother and daughter are do- 
ing fine at Cottage Hospital. Name? 
At this writing your guess is as good 
as mine. She was supposed to have 
teen Bernard!" 

The church at Yellow Creek, Pa., 
enjoyed the testimonies of two Grace 
Seminary students, Roy and Ruth 
Snyder, Jan. 2. They have been ac- 
cepted for missionary service in 
Africa, and both testified as to the 
value of training received in the 
seminary. 

There were six public confessions 
at the Third Church, Los Angeles. 
Calif., Jan. 2. Two classrooms in 
the church are being made into a 




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church parlor, and a church bulletin 
board is being erected outside the 
building. 

The blizzard in Cheyenne, Wyo., 
caught Rev. and Mrs. Sam Horney 
and family about a mile -from home 
in their car, as they were returning 
home from a Sunday night broad- 
cast. They were marooned there 
for two hours with the temperature 
20 degrees below zero, and a 50- 
mile wind blowing, before being 
pulled out. Then they were snow- 
bound for four days. 

Rev. Paul Fredrick Fogle was or- 
dained to the office of elder at the 
Washington, D. C, church, Dec. 31. 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman and Dr. Paul 
R. Bauman officiated. Brother Fogle 
is the new pastor at Ankenytown, 
Ohio. 

The average attendance at the re- 
cent revival meetings in Fremont, 
Ohio, was 80, a new record. The 
outside of the new building is fin- 
ished, and work is progressing rap- 
idly on the interior. 

The annual report of the First 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, shows that 
there were 28 baptisms, and 32 per- 
sons were received into church 
membership. The pastor. Rev. Or- 
ville Lorenz, preached 117 sermons. 
59 radio sermons, taught 41 midweek 
Bible studies, dedicated 15 children, 
and officiated at 26 weddings, 22 fu- 
nerals, and 29 anointing services. 
Brother Lorenz was called to serve 
the church another year, beginning 
Sept. 1, 1949. 

A new record in Sunday school 
attendance was set at Winchester, 
Va., Dec. 19, when there were 245 
present. 

New attendance records are being 
set almost weekly at Mansfield, Ohio. 
Rev. Bernard N. Schneider, the pas- 
tor, has been called for another year, 
with an increase in salary. About 
150 people attended the New Year's 
Eve service. 

Rev. Leo Polman was elected pres- 
ident of the southern California Pre- 
millennial Association recently. He 
and Mrs. Polman celebrated their 
28th wedding anniversary on Sun- 
day, Jan. 2. 

At the West Tenth Street Church 
in Ashland, Ohio, several young men 
home from college formed a Gospel 
team and took charge of the evening 
service, Dec. 26. The team was 
composed of Don Farner, Harold 
Morr, Dean Risser, Dick Messner 



and Bruce Markel. There was a 
record attendance of 106 at the Jun- 
ior Church on the previous Sunday, 
with 24 boys and girls taking their 
stand for Christ. 

Rev. William H. Clough, pastor at 
South Bend, Ind., writes, "We had 
104 in Sunday school last Sunday, 
with seven confessions Sunday 
night." 

Rev. Albert L. Lantz, pastor at 
Fillmore, Calif., has resigned be- 
cause of ill health. The prayers of 
the Brotherhood are asked for his 
recovery and restoration to active 
service. 

Evangelistic meetings began Jan. 
2 at Osceola, Ind., with E. D. Bras- 
seau, "Detroit's Preaching Cop," as 
the evangelist. 

Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich and the 
Akron Bible Institute Quartet were 
featured at the Watch Night service 
in the Grace Church, Altoona, Pa. 

The high school and college age 
young people of the First Church, 
Long Beach, Calif., enjoyed their 
second annual Christmas banquet. 
Dec. 17, with Johnnie Mayes as mas- 
ter of ceremonies. Peter Slack was 
guest speaker. 

A series of articles written by 
Rev. R. I. Humberd appeared in the 
Gospel Herald recently. 



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EVANGELISM 




WHY ARE WE NOT EXPERIENCING A GREAT REVIVAL TODAY? 



One of the basic reasons why re- 
vival fires are not burning in many 
churches and communities is be- 
cause there is little or no concern in 
the hearts of believers over the 
wickedness that prevails all around 
them. When a church full of Chris- 
tians can live in the midst of sin and 
unbelief and not be stirred to action 
by it, there is something sadly 
wrong. Yet that is just the case in 
thousands of places in this land of 
ours. 

The moment that Paul landed in 
Athens, his "spirit was stirred in 
him, when he saw the city wholly 
given to idolatry." A complacent 
congregation of true believers in a 
world of sin and the works of the 
devil on every side, is a contradic- 
tion. It is a sad commentary on the 
low spiritual state of any congre- 
gation when they can behold world- 
liness in the church, with many 
empty pews Sunday after Sunday. 
and more of them getting empty; 
when they can see the prayer meet- 
ings die while the kitchen is worked 
overtime, with feasting taking the 
place of praying, and with weeks 
and months passing by with no souls 
being saved and no one expecting 
any. It is not hard to see why there 
is no revival. 

When church people get used to 
seeing the family altars die out of 
their homes without being concerned 
about it; when they can see an ob- 
session for worldly pleasures, un- 
holy ambitions, a passion for world- 
ly success and possessions absorbing 
the attention of themselves and their 
children, and when their own per- 
sonal prayer life and love for the 
Word of God can die without alarm- 
ing their consciences, it is not hard 
to understand why there is no re- 
vival on hand. When the sad con- 
ditions of infidelity and arrogant un- 
belief and atheism which are thrust 
upon their own children at school to 
rob them of their faith, do not move 
them to active concern, it is not 
strange that there is no revival. With 
the world sinking down into its most 
awful orgy of sin, and wickedness. 



and blood letting, a spirit of apathy 
on the part of preachers and people 
is a tragic indication of spiritual 
deadness. 

Elijah couldn't stand the way old 
Jezebel and her idolatrous gang of 
lecherous priests were leading Israel 
into sin. He rebelled in his soul 
against the sight of those images of 
Baal, and the groves high on every 
hill throughout the land. Every 
time he saw those strutting priests 
of Baal his soul writhed within him. 
To see the people who once wor- 
shipped Jehovah in the glory of the 
temple now rolling in the moral filth 
of these vile idolatrous practices 
drove him in desperation to agoniz- 
ing prayer to God to show His hand 
and bring deliverance. The old 
rocks of Gilead rang with his ear- 
nest, broken-hearted cries unto the 
Lord. And God said, "Elijah, you're 
the man to lead this revival," and 
soon Israel saw fire flashing from 
the skies, and the tide was turned, 
and a nation was restored in a day. 

Nehemiah could not bear to see 
Israel in shame, and Jerusalem's 
walls decayed, while the Lord's 
house was deserted and old Sanbal- 
lat and his dirty gang were leering 
and scoffing at Jehovah. In the long 
night hours he cried out before the 
Lord to remember His people, re- 
store the glory of Jerusalem, and 
revive the nation. And God said to 
Nehemiah, "Go ahead and I'll be 
with you." It wasn't long till the 
people were repenting of their sins, 
the temple was restored, the walls 
of the city were up, Sanballat and 
his crowd were crushed, and God 
was glorified. 

It is written of Nero, ruler of 
Rome, that when the fire was rag- 
ing throughout the city, he went up 
on the roof of his palace, took a 
fiddle, and began to play like a fool. 
That is a true picture of thousands 
of pastors and congregations today, 
who, while the world is on fire, with 
the end of the age upon them, with 
Christ's return at hand, with sin rag- 
ing through the land, and with apos- 
tasy eating the heart out of the 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 

church, they spend their precious 
days on the eai'th fiddling away their 
opportunities to win souls for Christ, 
with entertainments, amusing them- 
selves, feasting themselves, putting 
on shows and blowouts while broken- 
hearted sinners perish on their door- 
step. God help us, this is not over- 
drawn; it is true. 

Revival can only begin in the 
hearts of the preachers and the peo- 
ple," when church members get 
broken-hearted and begin to cry out 
to God to show His hand and turn 
the tide, when prayer meetings break 
out among the people without pre- 
arrangement, when they begin to 
cry out to God over their lost sons 
and daughters, wives, husbands, and 
neighbors, over the coldness in their 
churches, and the powerlessness of 
the pulpit, when preachers go to 
their studies, lock the door, and 
weep before God over the fruitless- 
ness of their ministry — folks, then 
you can look for a revival to show 
up, It won't be long coming. 

Let me tell you, when God's peo- 
ple really want power, God's power, 
revival power that will sweep bun- ' 
dreds and thousands to Christ, they 
can have it. God is ever ready and 
waiting to give it. When God's mod- 
ern Elijahs begin to cry out, "Lord, 
the devil is taking this town, our 
boys and girls are plunging on in 
sin, our prayer meeting is dead, our 
people have no concern for lost 
souls, we haven't had a real revival 
in years, send a revival into our 
own cold hearts"; I say, when the 
real people of the churches begin 
praying like that, God will call the 
angels and say, "There are some 
folks down there in that town who 
love Me, and who hate sin, and they 
are concerned for lost souls. They 
are asking for help, and they are 
going to have it. Holy Spirit, go 
down there and turn that town up- 
side down with conviction of sin, 
and turn out the devil's crowd." But 
there will never be a real revival 
until Christian people have broken 
hearts over the awful conditions 
about them. 



January 22, 1949 



59 




BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 



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JESSE KEENEY HALL 



There was nothing in the first 21 
years of Jesse Hall's life to indicate 
that God's hand was upon him to 
make him a soul-winner. Bom May 
21, 1900, in Glastonbury, Conn., he 
moved to California at the age of 
six. The next 12 years were spent 
in Santa Barbara County. During 
that time he never read the Bible, 
didn't know anything about the plan 
of salvation, attended church only 
about six times, had no religious in- 
fluence in the home, and his life was 
dominated by sinful habits. When 
he was 16 years old he assumed the 
entire support of the family of five. 

But then God began to move in 
his life. Brother Hall moved to Los 
Angeles. He attended a Sunday- 
evening church service in the Palo- 
mar M. E. church, where Rev. John 
Lienhard was preaching. He ac- 
cepted Christ as his Saviour. Three 
weeks later, while attending a serv- 
ice at the Church of the Open Dcor 
in Los Angeles, Dr. French Oliver 
preaching, he felt the call of the 
Lord to the ministry. But his full 
surrender to the Lord did not come 
until another week had passed. The 
decision was made, not in church, 
but in the hospital where he had 
been taken after he was badly 
burned in a gas explosion. Thus in 
one month after Jesse Hall's con- 
version at the age of 21, God had 



secured his consent to go anywhere 
the Lord might call. 

Immediately Brother Hall began 
to do personal work. Other oppor- 
tunities to serve his Lord were 
found in the Biola Hall Mission, the 
Christian Endeavor Union, the Sun- 
day School Union, and the Fisher- 
man's Club. He enrolled in the eve- 




REV. JESSE HALL 

ning school of the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles, sticking to it until he 
graduated. 

Jesse Hall was ordained to the 
ministry in 1930 by a group of Fun- 
damental ministers. Rev. M. H. Rey- 
nolds being chairman. In 1938 he 
was ordained to the Brethren min- 
istry at the Second Church, Los An- 
geles, his home church. Dr. Paul R. 
Bauman was the pastor, and he was 
assisted in the service bv Rev. W. 



A. Ogden and Rev. Conard Sandy. 

Brother Hall began in the minis- 
try as assistant pastor of the Palo- 
mar M. E. Church in Los Angeles 
in 1925, becoming pastor of the 
church in 1927. In 1929 he became 
pastor of the Alhambra Fundamen- 
tal Church, Alhambra, Calif. From 
1934 to 1936 he was an itinerant 
missionary in Nevada and Utah, 
covering six points on a 186-mile 
trip. He became pastor of the Bur- 
bank Fundamental Church. Bur- 
bank, Calif., in 1936. 

His first Brethren pastorate was 
at Bellflower, Calif., beginning in 
1938. In 1943 he was called to the 
church at Covington, Va., and in 
1947 to the Canton, Ohio, church, 
where he is now the pastor. 

Besides these pastorates. Brother 
Hall has usually been active in rail- 
road evangelism in nearby shops. 
He has also had experience in tent 
evangelism, radio preaching, and 
teaching in the Fundamental Bible 
Institute in Los Angeles. 

Mrs. Laura Alice Hall also came 
from Los Angeles, and assists her 
husband as pianist, teacher, and 
women's worker. They have two 
children: Ruth Irene, 20, and Paul 
Kenneth, 16. 

Brother Hall is 5 feet, 8 inches 
tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has 
brown eyes and hair. 



ASHLAND GROUP GROWING 

The latest report of the statisti- 
tian of the "Ashland Group" of 
Brethren churches shows a net gain 
of 416 members during the last year. 
Total additions numbered 962, in- 
cluding 625 by baptism. Only 42 
churches reported a midweek prayer 
meeting, and 50 churches held evan- 
gelistic campaigns during the year. 
Total expenditures for all purposes 
amounted to $383,021.09. The pres- 
ent membership is 18,052. 



Said Jonathan Edwards — 

If some Christians that have been 

60 



complaining of their ministers had 
said and acted less before men and 
had applied themselves with all their 
might to cry to God for their min- 
isters — had, as it were, risen and 
stormed heaven with their humble, 
fervent, and incessant prayers for 
them — they would have been much 
more in the way of success. 



The Watch Night service at South 
Gate, Calif., featured a ham and yam 
supper served by the men's brother- 
hood, a message by Dr. V. C. Kel- 
ford, a Christian motion picture, 
"Reaching From Heaven," and a 
closing devotional period. 



NO. C. E. MERGER NOW 

The various youth groups meeting 
at Buck Hills, Pa., recently to con- 
sider plans for union decided not to 
merge at the present time. This 
means that for the present at least. 
Christian Endeavor will not come 
under the control of the Interna- 
tional Council of Religious Educa- 
tion as was at first planned. 



Brother and Sister Paul Miller, of 
Whittier, Calif., are entering Grace 
Seminary for the second semester, 
in preparation for missionary work 
in Brazil. 

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How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WOED OF GOD 




STRIKING FACTS CONCERNING THE OPENING OF THE CHURCH AGE 



By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 



The events which ushered in the 
church age were divinely arranged. 
Although God is not subject to time, 
He times events for the purpose of 
Tnen. 

Pentecost, a Change 

The church age opened with the 
coming of the Holy Spirit on the 
Day of Pentecost. But the event of 
Pentecost was dependent upon other 
liistorical events. Pentecost could 
not take place until after the ascen- 
sion of the Lord Jesus, for He said, 
"It is expedient for you that I go 
away: for if I go not away, the Com- 
forter will not come unto you; but 
if I depart, I will send him unto 
you" (John 16:7). Although God 
has had other groups of redeemed 
peoples at various times through the 
centuries, none of these previous to 
Pentecost could be a part of the 
Church which is His body. 

Furthermore, Pentecost could not 
come until after the resurrection of 
Christ, for conceming Pentecost we 
read, "The Holy Ghost was not yet 
given; because that Jesus was not 
yet glorified" (John 7:39). Thus 
again we discover that the coming 
•of the Holy Spirit in the providence 
of God ■was an event subsequent to 
Christ's resurrection. His death 
must precede His resurrection. His 
earthly life must precede His death 
even as His miraculous virgin birth 
had to precede His sinless life. This 
precludes the possibility of giving 
any credence to the theory that the 
Church has always existed, or the 
theory that John the Baptist, the 
forerunner of Christ, was "the 
founder of the Baptist church." 

The Holy Spirit Previous to 
Pentecost 

The Holy Spirit has had a minis- 
try all through the ages. It has dif- 
fered with different periods of time. 
Before the first coming of Christ into 
the world, the Holy Spirit fell upon 
certain men chosen of God to per- 
form certain works. He filled Moses 



with wisdom and understanding 
(Ex. 35:31). He is said also to be 
the strength of other servants of 
God (Hag. 2:4, 5; Zech. 4:6). 

A number of definite statements 
are made concerning the work of 
the Holy Spirit during the days of 
Christ on earth. 

1. The Holy Spirit is revealed to 
be the power behind the Virgin 
Birth (Matt. 1:20). 

2. The Holy Spirit assumed a tem- 
porary manifestion like a dove to 
descend upon Christ in preparation 
for the work to be done by God the 
Son in the days of His flesh (Matt. 
3:16). 

3. It was the Holy Spirit who, by 
the anointing of God, gave power to 
Jesus of Nazareth to do mighty 
works (Acts 10:38). 

4. In carefully reading the Word 
of God, we discover the ministry of 
the Holy Spirit while Christ was on 
earth was progressive. 

a. First, we see that the disciples 
were to receive the Holy Spirit by 
asking. "If ye then, being evil, 
know how to give good gifts unto 
your children: how much more shall 
your heavenly Father give the Holy 
Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 
11:13). 

b. We find that Christ promises 
the Holy Spirit shall be given to 
those who are his. "And I will pray 
the Father, and he shall give you an- 
other Comforter, that he may abide 
with you for ever" (John 14:16). 

c. After the resurrection of Christ 
and before Pentecost, Christ said to 
the disciples, "Receive ye the Holy 
Ghost" (John 20:22). Yet, after all 
these things, they were told to wait 
for the great event of the coming of 
the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pente- 
cost (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4). 

In the above we discover that it is 
impossible to see God's plan in the 
work of the Holy Spirit unless we 
take into consideration the time ele- 
ment. There is progress in the re- 
vealed work of the Holy Spirit. 



Pentecost a Great Day in History 

In accordance with the instruc- 
tions which the Lord gave His fol- 
lowers, they were to tarry in the 
city of Jerusalem and wait for the 
fulfillment of the promise which 
looked forward to the Day of Pente- 
cost (Luke 24:49). 

"And when the day of Pentecost 
was fully come, they were all with 
one accord in one place. And sud- 
denly there came a sound from 
heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, 
and it filled all the house where they 
were sitting" (Acts 2:1, 2). This 
was the great event for which they 
had been told to wait. 

They had been told that although 
John baptized with water, "Ye shall 
be baptized with the Holy Ghost not 
many days hence" (Acts 1:5). 

This new experience of the be- 
lievers on the Day of Pentecost is 
revealed and explained in the New 
Testament in relation to the forming 
of that new body, the Church, which 
is "built upon the foundation of the 
apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ 
himself being the chief corner stone" 
(Eph. 2:20). 

Since the promise was given that 
the believers should be baptized with 
the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pen- 
tecost, we will next consider what 
is meant by this baptism. 



Said William Wilberforce — 

This perpetual hurry of business 
and company ruins me in soul if not 
in body. More solitude and earlier 
hotus! I suspect I have been allot- 
ting habitually too little time to re- 
ligious exercises, as private devotion 
and religious meditation, Scripture - 
reading, etc. Hence I am lean and 
cold and hard. I had better allot 
two hours or an hour and a half 
daily. I have been keeping too late 
hours, and hence have had but a 
hurried half hour in a morning 
to myself . . . O then, pray, pray, 
pray! 



January 22, 1949 



61 



THOSE HYPOCRITES 



By REV. VERNON J. HARRIS, Clayton, Ohio 



"I will never go to your church. 
Mister. You have too inany big 
hypocrites going there every Sun- 
day. Why, I could tell you so many 
things about some of those people — 
and the truth, too. The church is no 
place for me for that very reason." 
This is the reasoning and excuse of 
countless thousands when ap- 
proached about their relationship to 
the Lord and to the church. 

Yes, there are hypocrites in the 
church today. It is useless to try to 
deny this fact. It is a sad truth that 
all the Christianity inuch of the 
world sees has to be distorted by in- 
consistent hypocritical living by 
church members and so-called 
Christian people. Such people have 
led many astray, and are responsible 
for sending more to Christless 
graves. This condition is without 
excuse; however, it is only half the 
picture. 

The other side of the story is that 
there is no hypocrite big enough to 
hide you from the wrath of God Al- 
mighty. The truth is that the hypo- 
crites are the smallest characters in 
the church, and you admit your own 
smallness by using them as a shield. 
Measure yourself with Christ and 
not men, and especially not the 
hypocrites. There are three reasons 
why: 

1. T h e hypocrite is counterfeit. 
Counterfeit money looks real and 
may often pass for true currency, 
but it is as false as the one who made 
it. Those who use it soon get into 
trouble. Christ said of the Phar- 
isees (Matt. 23:28), "Even so ye also 
outwardly appear righteous unto 
men, but within ye are full of hypoc- 
risy and iniquity." These Pharisees 
were in the church of the day and 
full of sin; they lived deceitful lives 
and were not right with God. Christ 
said they were hypocrites and "blind 
leaders of the blind." Present-day 
hypocrites are in the same class and 
most generally unsaved. Why mis- 
take that which is make-believe for 
the real thing? The presence of the 
counterfeit proves that the true can 
be found. 

Thank God the Gospel is suffi- 



ciently powerful to change the vilest 
sinner to the purest saint. "There- 
fore if any man be in Christ, he is a 
new creature: old things are passed 
away; behold, all things are become 
new." 

2. The hypocrite is a inisfit. The 
hypocrite is associating with the 
wrong crowd. He goes to church 
regularly, sings the Gospel songs, 
takes part in all the activities, and 




REV. VERNON J. HARRIS 

appears to be a fine specimen of 
Christianity. But in the sight of God 
and many who see him during the 
week it is only a veneer. If the 
truth were known, he would be 
more at home among the devil's 
crowd where his heart is. You can't 
fool all the people all the time, or 
God at any time. "Man looketh on the 
outward appearance, but the Lord 
looketh upon the heart" (I Sam. 16: 
7). So don't judge the Christian 
faith by those who in God's sight 
are absolutely un-Christian and 
have never partaken of the cleans- 
ing power of the Gospel of Christ. 

3. T h e hypocrite is unfit. The 
Scriptures are outspoken in their 
denunciation of the hypocrite. Job 
8: 13 says that "the hypocrite's hope 
shall perish." Job 13:16 reads, "For 
an hypocrite shall not come before 
him" (God). And Job 27:8 shows 
the utter uselessness of such living, 
"For what is the hope of the hypo- 
crite, though he hath gained, when 
God taketh away his soul?" He is 
unfit to stand before God because 
his sins have not been washed away 
by the blood of Jesus Christ. He 
has never repented of his wicked 



ways and let Christ have full sway 
in his life. 

No rational human being should 
allow such people to keep him from 
accepting Jesus Christ as his per- 
sonal Saviour. 

Two men were waiting to see a 
sunset over a great body of water. 
One man was thrilled as he saw the 
glorious sight painted by the de- 
scending sun. The other man got 
his eyes on a warty old horn-toad 
and missed the whole thing. Friend, 
if a few hypocrites are keeping you 
from seeing what Christianity is in 
all of its beauty and eternal splen- 
dor, you have your eyes on the 
wrong thing. 

"Look to the Lamb of God, 
Look to the Lamb of God, 
For he alone is able to save you. 
Look to the Lamb of God. " 

Look to Jesus Christ today, repent 
of your sin and forsake it, let Jesus 
come into your heart, and you will 
experience the Gospel truth about 
Christianity. 



"THEY CAN BE REACHED" 

Young Life Campaign, whose aim 
is to win America's high-school stu- 
dents for Christ, is in its eighth year 
and still growing. Director J i m 
Rayburn has 25 full-time staflf mem- 
bers and nearly 100 volunteer work- 
ers. He says they have discovered 
that "the hard-to-get kids can be 
reached," and many of them a i e 
going into full-time service. 



Said Robert Murray McCheyne — 

Study universal holiness of life. 
Your whole usefulness depends on 
this, for your sermons last but an 
hour or two; your life preaches all 
the week. If Satan can only make 
a covetous minister a lover of praise, 
of pleasure, of good eating, he has 
ruined your ministry. Give yourself 
to prayer, and get your texts, your 
thoughts, your words from God. 
Luther spent his best three hours in 
prayer. 



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NEWS FROM OUR BRETHREN CHURCHES 



SOUTHEAST DISTRICT LAYMEN 

On Dec. 10, 1948, the Southeast 
District Fellowship of Brethren Lay- 
men met at the First Brethren 
Church in Covington, Va. About 
45 laymen were present. 

The meeting was opened by Bro. 
L. E. Mahaney, of Covington, lead- 
ing us in several hymns. Brother 
Mills, of Covington, led in prayer. 

At this time the meeting contin- 
ued, with our president, Bro. S. M. 
Coffey presiding. The minutes of 
the last meeting were read and ap- 
proved as read. Brother Coffey re- 
quested a report on past results 
from each church represented at this 
meeting and this was given by each 
secretary of the local laymen's 
group. The reports were adopted. 

New officers for the coming year 
were elected by ballot as follows: 
president, Onnie L. Hill, Route #2, 
Covington, Va.; vice president, W. 
C. Lynn, c/o post office, Buena Vista, 
Va.; secretary-treasurer, W. V. Find- 
ley, 2007 Grand Ave., Roanoke, Va.; 
assistant secretary-treasurer, S. M. 
Coffey, 1949 Belleville Rd., Roanoke. 
Va. 

It was decided to have the next 
meeting in Buena Vista, Va., the 
second Friday in March, to be a 
joint father-and-son meeting. An 
offering was taken, amounting to 
$14.90, and a suggestion was made 
and adopted to send it to Rsdfovd 
to go on Rev. K. E. Richardson's 
salary. 

The meeting was brought to a 
close with prayer by Rev. Lee Crist, 
of Covington. Then we retired to 
the church basement for refresh- 
ments and a time of fellowship. — 
Joseph N. Sizemore. 



LAYMEN'S RALLY IN SOUTH BEND 

Pouring-down rain and slippery 
highways did not prevent the lay- 
men from having a real time of fel- 
lowship at South Bend on December 
28. The laymen of five churches — 
Nev/ Troy, Osceola, Leesburg, Wi- 
nona Lake, and South Bend — ioinod 
hands and hearts for the rally. 
Evangelist R. Paul Miller was the 
guest speaker. Foye Miller was the 
mastej- of ceremonies. 

A delicious banquet was served 



the men by the ladies of the Sunny- 
mede church. John Neely, of Lees- 
burg, led the singing and brought 
special music. Evangelist Miller 
challenged the laymen of the dis- 
trict to soul-winning in the coming 
year, stressing five things as necces- 
sary and essential to that life, in- 
cluding purity of life, the prayer life, 
a passion for the lost, the personal 
interest and way Christ taught, and 
perpetuation or getting the job done. 
New Troy, Sunnymede, and Beth- 
el Brethren organized themselves 
into a district laymen's fellowship 
with the thought of future rallies 
for cooperation with the National 
Laymen's Fellowship of the denom- 
ination. We feel that our men of 
these churches were stirred and in- 
tend to not only give themselves 
completely to Christ but to a life 
of bringing other men to Christ. — 
William H. Cloiigh. 



CLAYHOLE, KY. 



Last Sunday our Sunday school 
attendance was 153, with 21 in the 
adult class and 28 in the young 
people's class. New Year's Eve we 
had our Sisterhood and Brotherhood 
meetings. There were 22 girls and 
20 boys present. The boys g a v e 
S7.00 for the "boys' proiect. At our 
next meeting we plan to organize 
the boys. Sunday evening we h=d 
about 100 young people at the B.Y F. 

A few days ago we received % nice 
public address system to use in our 
work. If we should buy one like 
what we have it would cost about 
$350. If anyone has anv good rec- 
ords lying around, and doss not 
need them, we can use them very 
nicely in our church and up and 
down the highway. 

We praise the Lord for some young 
men who are getting interested in 
Christian things. — Sewell S. Lan- 
drum, pastor. 



Sad John Wesley — 

Give me one hundred preachers 
who fear nothing but sin and desire 
nothing but God, and I care not a 
straw whether they be clergymen or 
laymen; such alone will shake the 
gates of hell. 



ALTOONA AREA RALLY 

A laymen's evangelism rally was 
held on Tuesday evening, December 
21st, at the Leamersville Brethren 
Church, Leamersville, Pa. This 
being the first sectional evangelism 
rally to be held in this area in the 
interest of the new evangelism move- 
ment in the Brethren Church, we 
consider the attendance to have been 
good, and interest and enthusiasm 
ran high. 

Evangelist R. Paul Miller, of 
Berne. Ind., gave a stirring and chal- 
lenging message from the Word of 
God which set forth some of the 
prerequisites to successful evange- 
lism. Brother Miller was well qual- 
ified to speak on such a subject be- 
cause of his personal experience of 
about thirty years in the field of 
evangelism, and as a man who has 
been greatly used of God in bring- 
ing souls to Christ. 

Five of the six Brethren churches 
of this area were represented by 
their pastors and several lay mem- 
bers from each, the church at Mar- 
tinsburg and Leamersville each hav- 
ing a large lay representation pres- 
ent. 

Several committees were appointed 
and a temporary organization was 
effected to carry on the work in this 
area. Brethren E. J. Shaffer, of the 
First Brethren Church of Altoona, 
was named chairman, and Joe Beach, 
of the First Brethren Church of 
Martinsburg, was named secretary- 
treasurer of this new organization. 

Plans are being made for a joint 
meeting of all the men's groups of 
all the Brethren churches in the 
Altoona area to be held in the spring 
of 1949. The next Altoona area lay- 
men's evangelism rally is scheduled 
to be held in the First Brethren 
Church of Altoona, Pa., on Thurs- 
day evening, January 27, at 7:30 
o'clock. 

We believe this to be the answer 
to many prayers, that God has raised 
up this Brethren Board of Evange- 
lism "for such a time as this." May 
the laymen of the Brethren Church 
rise up to the challenge which now 
confronts them, claiming Philippians 
4:13 and Ephesians 5:16. — i?. L. 
Rossman. 



January 22, 1949 



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dev. and i-.rs. Blaine Snyder 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



Shall We Smoke? 

By DR. WILLIAM J. ROBINSON, Kansas City, Mo. 



"Tobacco is the woi'st curse of 
modern civilization." — John Ruskin. 

John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., LL.D., 
said, "The burning of tobacco in 
pipe, cigar, or cigarette gives rise to 
various substances which were not 
originally found in the leaf itself. 
The researches of many investiga- 
tors have shown that tobacco smoke 
contains a formidable list of poisons, 
among which are the following: 
nicotine, pyridin bases, marsh gas, 
nicoline, lutidin, ammonia, methyl- 
amine, collidine, pyrrol, parvoline. 
coridin, rubidin, viridin. prussic acid. 
carbon monoxide, sulphuretted hy- 
drogen, carbolic acid, formic alde- 
hyde, and furfurol. 

"It appears that tobacco smoke 
contains not less than nineteen poi- 
sons, every one of which is capable 
of producing deadly effects. Sev- 
eral of these, nicotine, prussic acid, 
carbon monoxide, and pyridine, are 
deadly in very small doses so that 
the smoker cannot escape their to.xic 
effects." 

He also said. "That tobacco is a 
form of 'dope" as really as opium. 
cocaine, or any other drug cannot 
be denied. The confirmed cigarette 
smoker is as thoroughly enslaved as 
the opium smoker or the alcoholic 



inebriate. He is a 'dope' fiend, to 
use a common but rather repulsive 
phrase, an addict, and often requires 
the same restrictive measures to se- 
cure reclamation as does the con- 
firmed alcoholic or opium habitue." 

At another time he said, "There is 
perhaps no other drug which injures 
the body in so many ways and so 
universally as does tobacco. Some 
drugs offer a small compensation for 
the evil effects which they produce, 
but tobacco has not one redeeming 
feature. 

"Tobacco is a poison. It weakens 
men physically, mentally, and mor- 
ally. All life processes are impaired 
by it. Science condemns it. The 
coming man will discard it." 

The reyiowned Dr. Daniel H. Kress 
says. "The finished product of the 
cigarette habit is found in our san- 
itariums and insane asylums. It is 
more difficult. I have discovered, to 
free patients from the cigarette habit 
than it is from the alcohol habit." 
• 

Dr. G. H. Howard says, "Cigarette 
smoking is definitely more perni- 
cious than drinking, for the drink 
habit in boys is readily curable, 
while the cigarette habit is seldom 
eradicated. In fact, this habit is 



more injurious than any other form 
of tobacco addiction." 

No wonder the editor of the Lon- 
don Lancet asserted that "no smoker 
can be a well man." 

Dr. W. J. Mayo said, "Cancer of 
the lip and tongue is increasing as 
the habit of smoking is increasing 
in both sexes." 

Dr. Matthew Woods, of Philadel- 
phia, said, "We positively know that 
tobacco causes heart disease, dis- 
eases of t h e nerves and mucous 
membrane and that it lessens the 
possibility of recovery from any dis- 
ease." 

W. E. Dixon, M.D., F.R.S., in an 
article in the "Practitioner" wrote, 
"Two thousand physiological tests 
on medical students showed that 
smoking lowers mental efficiency 10 
to 23 per cent." 

Dr. J. Roslyn Earp, in a hook en- 
titled "The Student Who Smokes," 
proved "that among the students 
who smoke at Antioch College the 
smoking habit is associated with in- 
ferior scholarship . . . The scholar- 
ship records of inhalers are poorer 
than non-inhalers. More inhalers 
than non-inhalers fail to reach di- 
ploma grade." 

Judge Ben Lindsey said, "Person- 
ally I have found every one of the 
many boy smokers I have talked to. 
a liar, an admitted liar. The whole 
tendency of the cigarette nicotine 
poison is to arrest development. It 
is fatal to all normal functions. It 
blights and blasts both health and 
morals. The moral depravity which 
follows the cigarette is something 
frightful. Lying, cheating, impur- 
ity, loss of moral courage and man- 
hood are its general results." 

— Defender Magazine. 



This is a facsimile of the beau- 
tiful colored chart presenting 
Jesus Christ, the Shepherd. The 
first part. Psalm 22. is in red; the 
center. Psalm 23. in green, and 
the last part. Psalm 24, in gold. 
The chart is 10 feet wide and 4 
feet high. We give 6 Bible Studies, 
illustrated by this artistic chart. 
on the theme. "Jesus Christ, the 
Good, the Great, and the Chief 
Shepherd as portrayed in the 
Triad of Psalms." 

REV. CHARLES H. ASHMAN 

Autfior 

1051 81st PI.. Los Angeles 44. Calif. 



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PSALU 23 

1 ADVOCACY 

2 RESURRKTiON 

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GRACE SEMINARY QUARTET 



KENNETH MARKEN 
CHARLES ASHMAN 



ROY SNYDER 
JACK CHURCHILL 



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By PRESIDENT ALVA J. McCLAIN 




DR. M CLAIN 



Thank You, Brother Sturz! 

Very recently there came to my desk a copy of a 
pastoral letter written by Bro. Harry Sturz to the mem- 
bers of his congregation at Harrah, Washington, for the 
excellent purpose of setting before them the ministry 
and need of Grace Seminary. The letter said some 
things so much better than any of us here could possibly 
say them, that I decided to reproduce it on the opposite 
page in space ordinarily used for editorials. There was 
not sufficient time to ask Brother Sturz for permission 
to use the letter, which is just as well, since his well- 
known modesty might have led him to raise some ob- 
jection. Brother Sturz transferred from one of the best- 
known seminaries in America in order to complete his 
theological education in Grace Seminary. After gradu- 
ation he remained here for another year as Librarian 
and Instructor in Greek before entering his present 
pastorate. We remember with gratitude his fellowship 
and ministry here. I trust that he will not be too much 
surprised by the use made of his letter in the Herald. 
His people will have the privilege of receiving the letter 
twice, if they read the Herald, which I am sure most 
of them do. 



Until It Hurts? 

The above caption has almost become a by-word in 
pulpit appeals designed to move the hearers to give 
generously and sacrificially. We should "give until it 
hurts," they say. However, like many popular slo,gans. 
this exhortation will not bear too close an analysis. 
From one standpoint, it would be much better to urge 
our people to "give until it stops hurting!" This would 
not ojily bring in more gifts, but would also be far 
better for the givers. If we set the standard as "giving 
until it hurts," and if all our people reached that stand- 
ard upon every occasion, then all the people would be 
in a state of continual suffering! It is hard to believe 
that the Lord would be pleased with that kind ot a 
situation. If He loves a cheerf^d or "hilarious" giver, 
then it seems that we ought to find real joy in giving, 
instead of pain. When we begin to use muscles which 
have not been exercised, the muscles m.ay hurt very 
acutely. The remedy is not to stop when they begin to 
hurt, but to go on using them more and more until 
they stop hurting. So it is with giving in the spiritual 
realm. If you have given until it begins to "hurt," the 
remedy is to keep on giving, regularly and increasingly, 
and the pain will vanish in the presence of joy. 



The Immediate Need " 

Many of our friends have urged the Seminary to state 
the need of the school with the utmost frankness, so 
that they will be able to join with us in definite and 
intelligent prayer. These needs fall into about three 
general classes: (1) the need for Operating Expenses; 

(2) the need for the New Building and Equipment; and 

(3) the need for Student Housing. At the present sea- 
son the funds for Operating Expenses constitute the 
greatest and immediate need. The projects of building 
and housing are not being neglected, and we shall have 
some importfnt and interesting announcements to make 
in the near future, but in the meantime the work of the 
S-^minory must be carried on. The finest building in the 
country would be useless without a competent staff of 
teachers and workers. Therefore, first in immediate 
importance are the needs for every-day operating ex- 
penses. Throu,ghout the past years of Grace Seminary's 
existence, the Lord has been faithful in providing for 
these needs through the gifts of His people. Estimated 
figures for these needs during the current vesr pre 
about ?3?,000, which would mean about two dollars per 
member in our churches. We believe that God will 
supply this need fully if there is united and earnes* 
prayer. He has never failed. 



The Supreme Illustration 

The New Testament points to our Lord as the su- 
preme illustration of the Perfect Giver. The foxes of 
the earth had holes, the birds of the air theii' nests, but 
the Son of Man had not where to lay His head. Appar- 
ently He accumulated nothing in a material way through 
His life and labors on earth. With food and raiment He 
WcS content. When He died he left nothing of material 
value except the seamless robe and clothing appro- 
priated b,v the Roman soldiers. "He carved no statue, 
oainted no picture, wrote no poem, composed no song, 
fashioned no ornament, built no edifice, founded no city, 
erected no triumphal arch: yet He stands in history as 
the Peerless Prince of Givers." And this was so because 
of His final and priceless gift — He gave Himself. In 
Him, as He went to His death at Calvary, we may see 
the gra'^e of giving in its suoerlative and ulti'^''te form. 
If we "know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" (II 
Cor. 8:9), then we shall know the kind of giving that 
God loves and commends to His oeople. 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as s=cond-cla'"! m.-tter April 16. 1943. at the post office r^t Wirrnna I^ke. Ind.. under 
the act of March 3, Wg. Issued weekly bv The Brethren Missionary H»rald Co.. Winona Lpke. Ind. Subscription price, $2.no a year: 100 
per cent churches. $150; foreign S3. 00. Board or Dihectors: Herman Hovt, President; Bemird Schneider. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp. 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; R D. Crees. R. E. Gingrich. Armid Kriegbaum, S. W Link, Robert Miller. Conard Sandy. William H. 
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eMoA/iaU lifietlui^n Qlt14/icll 

HARRAH, WASHINGTON 

H. A. STURZ, Pastor Telephone 2132 

January 8, 1949 

Dear Brother and Sister: 

No doubt you have been thinking about the Grace Seminary offering and wondering 
just what amount to make your gift this year. Before you decide definitely or 
finally what it will be, will you prayerfully consider some of the following things? 
The seminary is growing and expanding: — Student body is larger — Faculty is 
larger — Seminary is using more floor space and the rent is higher than ever — 
Library needs are greater because (1) of the removal of approximately one-half 
of the books which were owned by the Summer School of Theology (that school 
has now moved), and (2) the new Collegiate Division in the Seminarv requires a 
great broadening of the reading inatter. 

Though the cost of operation has risen, oiu' missionary dollars still multiply when 
given for Grace Seminary because her student body is steadily increasing and 
larger and larger graduating classes are going forth. 

Now is a crucial time; we lack men at home and abroad. If we wert willing to 
tighten our belts and do v/ithout certain things during the war for our troops (that 
there might be enough of thern and that they might be adequately supplied) , how 
much more ought we to give sacrificir'Hy and pray that the fields white unto harvest 
might be reaped and occupied? 

It has been my privilege to have contact with four of the most outstanding conserv- 
ative seminaries in this country and I have conversed candidly with students from 
others. This, together with a thorough study and comparison of seminary cata- 
logues, enables me to recommend Grace unreservedly. I know of no other which 
is as Bible-centered, which has the same unity of faith and doctrine m its faculty, 
where the faculty has the personal interest and good of the individual students so 
much at heart, where such a high grade of scholarship is combined with a giving 
of first place to Jesus Christ in classroom and life. 

I cannot conceive of giving anywhere in the Lord's work where one's money will 
have a more lasting effect than to give to Grace Seminary. Thereby we help to 
train young men and women to carry the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the 
world. By our prayers and gifts we enter into their labor and fruit. 

May God, who in His love constrained someone to bring the Gospel to us, direct 
each one of us as we give to train other Gospel messengers. 

"Yours in His Service, 

II Tim. 2:2 Harry Sturz 



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SEMINARY NEWS 

HOMER A. KENT, JR. Reporter 




ALUMNI NEWS 

A recent bulletin of the Washington Bible Institute, 
Washington, D. C, reveals that two alumni of Grace 
Seminary are faculty members of that institution. Rev. 
Eugene Allen ("42) teaches New Testament, and Rev. 
Willits Bishop ('46) conducts the class in Church His- 
tory. Both these men were honor graduates of Grace. 
Dr. L. S. Bauman, of the Seminary Board of Trustees, 
also lectures at the Institute on prophecy, and will 
speak at the Prophetic Conference there on April 21. 

CHRISTMAS PARTY 

The social committee had charge of the annual Christ- 
mas party on December 15. This social event is espe- 
cially for the enjoyment of the seminary children of 
whom there are over seventy this year. Even Santa 
(Meredith Halpin) put in an appearance with a treat for 
the youngsters. Part of the evening was spent in 
making "Gospel bombs" for distribution during the hol- 
idays. Charles Ashman led the singing of Christmas 
carols. The party closed at an early hour so that the 
harried parents could hustle their youngsters off to bed! 

VACATION DAYS 

Christmas vacation produced the usual exodus from 
Winona. This year found students traveling to Mon- 
tana, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, 
North Carolina, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey, Iowa, 
and the District of Columbia. Traveling honors went 
to Miss Dorothy Magnuson, office secretary, who jour- 
neyed to Rexford, Montana, and enjoyed (?) winter 
weather to the tune of 28 degrees below zero. Edgar 
Drechsel and John Whitcomh went farthest east, to New 
Jersey. Reese Johnson traveled the farthest south, to 
North Carolina. God's blessings attended every trav- 
eler, and His protection was evident along the thousands 
of miles which were covered safely in spite of the haz- 
ards of ice and snow. Perhaps the highways were safer 
than the quiet town of Winona Lake. Bujord Karraker 
celebrated the resumption of classes by falling through 
the ice into the Winona canal! 

CUPID STILL BUSY 

Excerpt from the Warsaw (Ind.) Times of Dec. 20: 
". . . Plans for a June wedding are being made by Miss 
Betty Lucille Vanator and her fiance, Warren E. Tam- 
kin, student at Grace Theological Seminary. Miss 
Vanator is now a student at Bob Jones University . . ." 
Congratulations, Warren and Betty! One more bach- 
elor gone! 

NURSING HOME SERVICES 

The Gospel Team, under the direction of Adam Rager, 
has been ministering for the past several months at the 
Al-Fran Nursing Home, east of Warsaw on Highway 30. 
These meetings each Sunday afternoon are the only 
worship services available to the elderly people within 




Middler Class Officers: (Left to right)— Ken Marken. 
vice president; Lee Jenkins, president: Mrs. Jeanette 
Newbrander, secretary: Gerald Phipps, treasurer. 



the home. Songs, testimonies, and a brief message are 
brought each week, followed by personal visitation 
among the patients too ill to attend the service. Rich 
blessing has come to those who have ministered to 
these people who are often forgotten by younger Chris- 
tians. 

NEW ARRIVALS 

Christmas vacation marked the arrival among the 
seminary family of two very young ladies. To Mr. and 
Mrs. Bruce Button (Senior) was born a daughter, Mol- 
anie Diane, on Dec. 18. Mr. and Mrs. John Harper 
(Middler) are the parents of a daughter, Margaret 
Alice, born Dec. 28. 

ORDINATION 

New Year's Eve was the occasion of the ordination to 
the office of elder of Paul Fredrick Fogle. The service 
was conducted in Washington, D. C, by Dr. L. S. Bau- 
man and Dr. Paul Bauman. Upon the completion of 
his seminary course in January, Fred is assuming the 
pastorate of the Brethren church at Ankenytown Ohio. 
We join in praying God's richest blessing upon him in 
this high office. 

MIDDLER SERMONS 

As part of his seminary training, each student must 
deliver three sermons before his classmates and faculty 
in the homiletical seminar. Two of these sermons are 
given in the middle year. This is a time of real profit, 
not only to the preacher whose sermon is constructively 
criticized, but also to all who hear the results of prayer- 
ful and diligent preparation. The Middlers have just 
begun delivering their second sermons, which are ex- 
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ALUMNI PRESIDENT SPEAKS 
By Rev. Arnold R. Kriegbaum 

President of Alumni Association 

You may have a very fine piano in the living room of 
your home. Occasionally that piano needs tuning. 
When such is the case, what is the natural thing to do? 
Do you go out to the garage and 
get an axe and return to the liv- 
f-i'.^^ff'' '"W ' ''^S room with several of your 

'""'■B' I' neighbors intent upon knocking 

the piano to pieces? No, indeed! 
When the piano is out of tune the 
I good man of the house contacts a 
M£ ^^^] reliable expert piano tuner. 

■j^k "«^^p^ 1M||| Grace Seminary is in the "tun- 
^^^k /IL ^HBe ing" business for God. With its 
^^^^ ' Jia^^^B expert faculty, Grace Seminary 

REV. A. R. KRIEGBAUM • j j • . j . 4.1 4. i f u. 

is dedicated to the task of tun- 
the minds and hearts of its students that they 
might be in perfect harmony with the eternal Word 
of God. 

No expert can do his best work without the proper 
tools with which to work. Nor can the faculty and 
students at Grace Seminary do their best while working 




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with inadequate tools. The regular budget of the Sem- 
inary must be met. A Seminary building should be 
built immediately. The faculty must be enlarged to 
care for the increasing number of students. The library 
must be enlarged to afford adequate reference material. 
Grace Theological Seminary is preparing evangels of 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is a secret to the con- 
tinued expansion of the Brethren Church. Your oflfer- 
ing to Grace Seminary will help supply the tools! 



OUR RESPONSIBILITY 
By Dr. A. V. Kimmell 

President oj the Seminary Board and Corporation 

While Grace Theological Seminary is under the im- 
mediate direction of President McClain, the other mem- 
bers of the Faculty and the Board of Trustees, this 
institution is also the du'ect responsibility of every 
member of the Fellowship of Brethren Churches. This 
is saying personally to most of you who read this article 
that it is your responsibility, your seminary. Rightly 
you may question, How is this my responsibility? So 
we remind you again that Grace Seminary is made 
possible by the interest and gifts of its friends and well- 
wishers. 

Over one-half of the contributions needed for the 
year come in at the time of the rally held one evening 
during the Conference. The rest must come in during 
the year by special gifts from churches, organizations, 
and individuals. This is the time of the year when it is 
expected that many such gifts will come in. These 
added gifts are just as important as the others and 
without them the classes cannot continue any great 
length of time. 

Now you understand how this becomes your respon- 
sibility. You are needed as a Prayer Helper — since this 
is a faith venture — you are greatly needed as a Prayer 
Helper. After prayer gifts will follow as the Loid 
directs. 

Every year Grace Theological Seminary takes a more 
important place in the church; it becomes more impor- 
tant to Foreign and Home Missions as it prepares 
preachers, missionaries, and teachers, or qualifies an 
ordinary layman for better spiritual service. This is 
not limited to one denomination only, for people from 
other churches are receiving the same benefits. Already 



1. It is Scriptural. 



WHY GIVE TO GRACE SEMINARY? 
By Rev. Charles H. Ashman 

Member of the Seminary Executive Committee 

The Brethren Church should liberally support Grace 
Seminary because — 

It is fundamental in faith! Every 
teacher is "earnestly contending 
for the Faith." The stream of 
doctrine that flows forth is pure. 

(2) It is spiritual! It is schol- 
arly but spiritual. Its emphasis 
is devotional. Worship has a 
large place. It feeds and devel- 
ops the spiritual life. 

(3) It is soul seeking! In our 
travels among the churches we 
have run across a report that 
"Grace Seminary is not evange- 
listic." Now we are in and out 
of the Seminary often. We have 

kept in close touch with it from its very beginning. We 
know whereof we write. Anyone spreading the report 
that Grace Seminary is not evangelistic is either de- 
ceived or woefully ignorant of facts or maliciously falsi- 
fying. Grace Seminary is evangelistic whole-heart- 
edly so! 

For these three reasons if for no others, we ought to 
liberally support our Seminary. 



many graduates from Grace are serving the Lord in dis- 
tant parts of the world. Your gifts will enable others to 
do likewise. There is no charge for tuition to those who 
are preparing to give their lives to His service; surely 
we who stay at home can see to that! 




REV. C. H. ASHMAN 



January 29, 1949 



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"FOR IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP, IF WE 
FAINT NOT" 

By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Dean and Projessor of Greek and the Neio Testament 
in the Semhiary 

There is such a close connection between doctrine and 
duty that before the Apostle Paul finished his master- 
piece in defense of salvation by grace he surveyed al- 
most every sphere of Christian life and pointed to the 
application. It is significant that he did not overlook 
the responsibility of giving. "Let him that is taught in 
the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all 
good things" (Gal. 6:6). Since God has raised up Grace 
Seminary in the Brethren Church to teach the Word, 
and there is scarcely a soul within the church that has 
not benefited directly or indirectly from its ministry, 
this passage of Scripture may have therefore a very 
personal application. 

1. The words of verse 6 are an exhortation to believ- 
ers who have profited from the ministry of the Word of 
God at the hands of teachers called of God. Upon be- 
lievers is laid the responsibility of sharing their good 
things, and by this he means temporal goods, with their 
teachers. The word "communicate" means to share, as 
with a partner in service. There is implicit in this 
statement the suggestion that the teacher has entered 
into and with the one who is taught as a partner in 
earning his substance; and there is also the suggestion 
that the one who is taught has become a partner with 
the teacher in all his endeavors. This can also be sus- 
tained from other Scriptures. But one thing is certain, 
this truth magnifies the relationship of believers one to 
another, and it makes us realize that no man liveth unto 
himself. 

2. Lest believers take this lightly, the Holy Spirit 
directs Paul to include a loarning. "Be not deceived; 
God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap" (Gal. 6; 7). There are some who will 
deceive themselves. They do not deceive others, much 
less God. And though they hold the preceding com- 
mand as from God and turn up their nose at Him (that 
is the meaning of "mocked"). He will not be held in 
contempt. For He is the One who gives seedtime and 
harvest, and the law of the harvest will operate in con- 
nection with giving just as elsewhere, and in the same 
proportion. The seed a man sows he may expect to 
reap in the harvest. And he hopes to reap in more 
abundance than he has sown. If he has sown little, the 
harvest will be small. If he has sown none, there will 
be no crop at all. And what is even more important, 
"He that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap cor- 
ruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the 
Spirit reap life everlasting" (Gal. 6; 8). 

3. This should be exhortation enough to encourage 
the believer to buy up every opportunity to do good, 
that there might be a full harvest in its season. "And 
let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we 
shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore oppor- 
tunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them 
who are of the household of faith" (Gal. 6; 9, 10). 
Surely there is opportunity for God's people in the 
Brethren Church to do good in sharing their good things 
with Grace Seminary that its ministry may continue. 



THE HEALING MINISTRY OF GRACE 
By Cleve Miller 

Member oj the Seminary Executive Committee 

What can be done to bring this old world out of the 
perplexity and confusion in which it finds itself today? 
Mankind is aware of the deplorable conditions but there 
is no one to find a lasting solution. Should we stand idly 
by and say that it serves them right; it's exactly what 
the Lord said would happen in the last days. No, this 
v/ould be fatalistic indeed. Even the peoples and nations 
of the world are doing their best to seek a solution by 
the formation of leagues, conferences, new deals, and 
the like, but to no avail. But, you might say. haven't 
you heard about the new approach they formulated at 
Amsterdam last fall? They gave the old sick world an 
ointment of sweet-sounding phrases, a tonic of rhe 
Fatherhood of God, and a few doses of the Brotherhood 
of Man. Certainly when the policies laid down there 
get into full swing the world will be singing "Happy 
Days Are Here Again." But not so. We are reminded 
of the words of our Lord when He said, "for ye com- 
pass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he 
is made, ye make hiin twofold more the child of hell 
than yourselves.'' 

Nesrlv two thousand years ago there was a great 
Physician who knew before the foundation of the world 
what sickness would befall frail humanity; and further- 
more. He knew the time and seriousness of this malady. 
But. best of all, this Physician diagnosed the case and 
hnd the remedy ready for all those who would take it 
by faith for all their ills — and there was no bill to pay. 

All of us know this to be the Gospel truth, but how 
vre we ffoing to get the good news to all those who are 
sick? For the past twelve years I have been associated 
with a grouD of specialists who are devoting their full 
time to teaching students just how to do it. I have 
found them capable, trustworthy, and possessing a God- 
given zeal for the furtherance of Christian education. 
In fact, the news has circulated so widely about this 
group that individuals are coming from all over the 
country and some from foreign lands to seek enroll- 
ment in the institution of which thev are the head. Yet 
the facilities are so inadequate that present operations 
are extremely hampered and funds are not available 
for the expansion that is so sorely needed. More in- 
quirers are coming in all the time. How are these to 
be answered? 

Let the people who compose the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches who have been permanently 
healed by this Great Physician resolve here and now 
that by His help they are going to give until every 
inquiry can be answered in the affirmative. In this 
way we will encourage all those who are bearing the 
burden of this all-important work. Furthermore, we 
will be translating our spare dollars into redeemed souls 
that we will meet again where moth and rust doth not 
corrupt and thieves are never seen. 

Yes, you guessed it. I am making this appeal for 
Grace Theological Seminary so that the wounds of this 
old world may be healed as ambassadors are sent forth 
with the message of grace into every comer of the 
globe. When we see the last one healed, we shall see 
Him break through the blue and hear His word. WELL 
DONE. 



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GRACE SEMINARY PAYS RICH DIVIDENDS 
By Dr. Homer A. Kent 

Professor of Church History and Practical Theology 

The service of God should cost something. King 
David recognized this fact when he contemplated the 
provision of a permanent place for the worship of God 
at Jerusalem. He said, "I will surely buy it of thee at 
a price: neither will I offer burnt-offerings unto the 
Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing" (II 
Sam. 24:24). 

David thought of the many blessings which would 
issue from the price he would pay for the place to offer 
such sacrifices. The Lord would be pleased with his 
obedience, future generations would gather at this hal- 
lowed spot to worship and praise God, sacrifices look- 
ing forward to the coming of the world's redeemer 
would be offered there continually, the glory of the 
Lord would come down upon the place in heavenly 
benediction; these and other blessings would result 
from the generous offer of a little money to purchase a 
site for the expression of these things. How insignifi- 
cant then in comparison was that which was paid to 
that which would be received! 

One can easily draw a parallel between this situation 
of long ago and that relating to Grace Seminary at the 
present time. Yes, it does cost something to keep the 
Seminary running. There are financial obligations 
which must be met every month. To some these may 
seem quite high. And yet, when looked at in the way 
that David looked at his expenditure for the people of 
Israel, the cost is small. For the Lord is taking this 
expenditure and transforming it into radiant and useful 
life whose influence will endure eternally. 

What are the blessings resulting from the gifts of 
money given for the support of Grace Seminary? Con- 
template just a few. Since its beginning at Ashland just 
a few years ago upwards of 200 Brethren students have 
received training under this institution, to say nothing 
of an approximate additional third of this number who 
were members of other denominations. Only God 
knows what this multitude of trained men and women 
have been able to accomplish and are accomplishing for 
the cause of Christ. Truly the offerings of interested 
folk to carry on this ministry are paying rich dividends. 
The majority of the churches in our Fellowship today 
are being pastored by those who have received much 
of their training in Grace Seminary. Then, too, the 
fact that about two-thirds of our present foreign mis- 
sionary personnel have received training at the Sem- 
inary suggests another of the superlative blessings re- 
sulting from the ministry of our only distinctive Breth- 
ren training school. Space forbids us to mention other 
blessings. 

To perpetuate a ministry like this does involve some 
cost. As the ministry enlarges the cost will increase. It 
can only be carried on as God's people respond to its 
need by their gifts. But if it is a blessed privilege to 
support missionaries of the cross at home and abroad, it 
is just as blessed to provide for their educational prep- 
aration. Ultimately, without such preparation there 
will be no missionaries to send. 

Let us therefore consider well the cost of the edu- 
cational enterprise of our church. Let us be thrilled 
with the prospect of blessing connected with it and let 



us each one by prayer and gifts see to it that what is 
needed to keep Grace Seminary running is provided. 
The cost is little compared to the spiritual dividends. 



ITS FUTURE IS ASSURED 

By Rev. Norman B. Uphouse 

Member Seminary Executive Com,mittee 

Many articles have been written on the side of the 
necessity for Christian education. Many sermons have 
been preached in its behalf. No doubt many more 
articles will yet be written and many more sermons 
will be preached. This is true because the last word 
cannot be given now and the need for Christian instiaic- 
tion is ever present. 

It is all too true that a great amount of money has 
been given by Christian people of America for the right 
type of education, only to be prostituted into other uses. 
Institutions have pledged allegiance to God and the 
Bible in order to gain support from Christians and then 
departed from the faith once they became rich. Col- 
leges and seminaries alike went down when they de- 
parted from the true faith. 

The men and women who were responsible for the 
establishment of Grace Theological Seminary were very 
conscious of this peril and took every possible caution 
to safeguard the future of the institution. Perhaps we 
cannot be 100 per cent sure that Grace Theological 
Seminary will not go modern or liberal in the years to 
come. However, it is not likely that it ever will depart 
from its original position. The statement of faith is 
exacting and unalterable. We were severely criticized 
in the early days for our dogmatic stand. We were ac- 
cused of claiming to having the whole body of truth and 
shutting the doors to any new truth. If our stand ap- 
pears to be dogmatic, let it be said right here that 
scores of schools might have been saved from the mod- 
ernists had they been organized with the understanding 
that the faculty, staff, board of trustees, and other offi- 
cials had been held to an orthodox statement of faith. 
If someone should say that they were so organized, then 
it is about time that some court actions would be ren- 
dered in favor of the original position and the great 
universities of the east and of the Colonial days be 
returned to the fundamental position or to the people 
who still hold to the original position. It would be an 
interesting case to see what disposition the court would 
make of a Christian college that repudiated the faith of 
the fathers and turned modern. 

We can praise the Lord that Grace Seminary has gone 
farther than the ordinary church school in protecting 
the interests of the Bible-believing members of the 
church. It is satisfying to me to know that we can 
support a school that is wholeheartedly committed to 
God and His Word. And if it should ever be other- 
wise the school has no need for existence. 

As long as Grace Seminary can be trusted to prepare 
our young people for the church, our future is assured. 
May it ever be said of Grace Seminary that was said 
of Harvard in 1637. It was "founded in part out of a 
dread to leave an illiterate ministry to the churches 
when our present ministers shall lie in dust." And not 
only that, but that it continues to serve the church 
through the years to come. 



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SUPPOSE YOU NEEDED A SURGEON! 

By Dr. Paul R. Bauman 

Executive Vice President and Professor oj Apologetics 

Suppose you were ill and your body were in need of 
a delicate surgical operation! What would you do? 
You would seek some self-styled physician who had 
taken a course in surgical technique from some corre- 
spondence school! You would engage some untrained 
man who was getting his experience by the "trial-and- 
error method"! You would be perfectly content to trust 
your body into the hands of such a doctor! Would you? 
You certainly would not! What would you do? You 
would endeavor to find the most thoroughly trained and 
the most highly skilled surgeon you could afford, and 
then you would trust the welfare of your body into his 
hands. 

Inconceivably more important than the human body 
and a thousand times more delicate is the human soul. 
Shall we trust the spiritual welfare of ourselves, our 
children, our young people into the hands of men who 
are untrained and untested? The answer should be a 
thousand times No! 

If we are to be true to the requirements laid down in 
the Word of God, then we must provide our churches 
with nothing less than the best when it comes to those 
who are to minister to the difficult spiritual problems 
of men. The Christian ministry is no place for a 
"novice" (see I Tim. 3:6). What is more, one who is 
called to the high and holy office of elder "must have a 
good report of them which are without" (I Tim. 3:7). 
In other words, he must be a man so completely fitted 
for his task that he will inspire the confidence even of 
unregenerate men about him. It is hardly necessary to 
say that the church has all too often failed to provide 
herself with such a ministry. 

Several years ago a minister was talking to a certain 
university professor who told of the steps he passed 
through in the loss of his faith. During his school days 
problems were raised which challenged his faith in the 
Bible. He mentioned the matter to his parents, but 
they met his problems with nothing but denunciation. 
Going to his former Sunday school teacher in whom he 
had some confidence, he was received again with little 
sympathy. His pastor was willing to listen and ap- 
peared sympathetic, but confessed his inability to deal 
with the questions that had been raised by the young 
man's university training. Because he had found little 
sympathy at home and no one in the church who could 
minister to his needs, he assumed that there was no 
answer to his questions about the Bible. Accordingly, 
he did what appeared to be the only logical thing for 
him to do: he gave up his faith in the Bible! Such an 
occurrence would not be so serious if it were an isolated 
case. But this young professor's story can be duplicated 
again and again! There are thousands of young people 
today who desire greatly to have a sure hope, but they 
demand "a reason of the hope" (I Pet. 3:15, 16). What 
is the Brethren Church to do about this situation? 

First of all, we must be willing to face the fact that 
we are living more and more in an age of high speciali- 
zation. This is true, whether it be in industry, bi!s- 
iness, or the professions. Likewise, the man of God 
who goes forth today to be a spiritual physician to men 
in a world which is sick unto death — such a man must 



be a specialist in his God-given field, or he will never 
win the confidence of men about him. He must be 
trained thoroughly, or he will be utterly unable to deal 
with the problems confronting thousands of our young 
people today, particularly those of high school, college, 
or university background. Your children and mine may 
be the very ones faced with these problems! They can 
be the very ones who will be needing a physician! 

The Brethren Church, with its great saving message, 
absolutely true to the Word of God, faces a desper- 
ately needy world today. Hence, she has a tremendous 
responsibility. If she is to minister to the ills of men 
with any degree of competence or success, then she 
MUST have men thoroughly trained for the task. There 
is no alternative! Since this is true, then it logically 
follows that the Brethren Church must assume the re- 
sponsibility of providing for the training for such men. 
It is true that the provision of a place of training and 
the training itself will cost us much but the cost is 
nothing to be compared with the price the Brethren 
Church will pay if she fails to maintain a place where 
young men and women in years ahead can be trained to 
meet the needs of a despairing world. Are you as con- 
cerned about the problem we face as you would be if 
your own body needed surgery? If so, what are you 
doing about it? 



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SEMINARY LIBRARY NEEDS 
By Rev. Blaine Snyder 

Secretary, Grace Seminary Alumni Association 

The needs at Grace Seminary are various, but may 
be suggested by two words: personal and financial. 
Since we are human we need the wisdom which cometh 
down from above for which we 
depend upon your continual in- 
tercession at the throne of grace. 
To meet oiu' financial needs we 
also depend upon your gifts 
prompted by the Spirit of God. 

The specific financial need to 
which we desire to call your at- 
.^ "W^'^B^^M tention is that of the library. 
jj| ] m| ^^^^B Books are the tools of the minis- 
WH^^^nB^^B ^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^^ proposes to do a 
JIII'Ullll^ sS^^^^m thorough piece of investigation 
REV. BLAINE SNYDER he must have adequate facilities 
at his disposal. Book for book 
we question whether any seminary library surpasses the 
quality of our own collection. This has been the result 
of careful selection. In the infancy of the school a 
goodly percentage of the library consisted of donations 
primarily by the professors themselves. It is self evi- 
dent that this source is limited. A decided increase 
was made in the purchase of the library of the late F. T. 
Kelly. Invaluable as such methods of addition are. they 
leave gaps which can only be filled by direct purchase. 
Since books are not immune to the high cost of living, 
there is a real financial need at this point. 

If our school is at the threshold of a definite forward 
movement then we must enlarge our library both as an 
inducement to new students and to maintain a favorable 
standing among seminaries in this country. This is not 
a matter of choice but is imperative if our library is to 
be expanded to a degree consistent with our needs. 



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GRACE SEMINARY— A FOUNTAINHEAD OF THE 
CHURCH 

By Rev. Lowell Hoyt 

Vice President of Serainary Alumni Association 

As an alumnus of Grace Theological Seminary, the 
writer is one of a group which has been highly privi- 
leged. The training received at Grace Seminary cannot 
be equalled in another education- 
al institution in America. It is 
doctrinally sound, spiritually 
alive, and scholastically preemi- 
nent. 

Grace Seminary is an absolute 
essential to the life and growth 
of our church. A little reflection 
will help us to appreciate the 
vital nature of our church's need 
for this school. 

It is a time-proved principle 
that what the school is, the church rev. Lowell hoyt 
will inevitably become. This is 

an easily recognized principle. One cannot pollute Ihe 
source of a stream and expect the water to be pure at 
its mouth. We need only to trace the history of the 
large modernistic denominations today to be convinced 
of this. When the school fails doctrinally, the church 
soon becomes unstable, and finally turns to modernism. 
When the school fails in spiritual emphasis, it is not 
long till the church has "a name to live, but is dead." 
When it fails scholastically, the church is soon manned 
with preachers who cannot ground the people in the 
Word of God. 

God has given us a seminary which lacks in none of 
these respects. And because He has given it to us, it is 
our God-given responsibility to support it with our 
prayers and gifts. If we love God, if we love His Word, 
if we love God's work, surely we shall not fail in re- 
sponding to the need. 






TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO WAKE UP 
By Rev. W. A. Ogden 

Member Sem,inary Executive Committee 

"Back in the early ages of the church there were 
some thinkers . . . who taught that Satan had a claim on 
the souls of men which only the death of the Son of God 
could satisfy and that God met 
the obligation by sending the 
Son to the Cross. As an intel- 
lectual construction this theory 
arouses only an amused pity to- 
day." 

One would like to be able to 
pass over this statement with the 
observation that "back in the 
early days of the church there 
were some thinkers," and let the 
matter rest there. However, this 
sentiment accurately represents a 
very influential part of the reli- 
gious life of America today. The writer is the product, 
and now the exponent, of that liberal, unitarian, blood- 




less theology that flows out from the universities and 
seminaries which no longer hold the truth of an infal- 
lible Bible, the fact of sin, the necessity of salvation 
through the death of Christ on Calvary. 

It is past time that Bible-believing Christians wake 
up to the peril that is upon them. With the organiza- 
tion of a World Council of Churches, and the drive on 
in America for a "Federal Union" of churches in which 
it is evident that the theology will be modernistic, it 
looks like time is running out on the old-fashioned 
Gospel message in "Christian America." 

Brethren people and the friends of Grace Seminary 
must rally to the support of this great school. There is 
no apology for the fact that here the thinking and the 
teaching is patterned after those "thinkers in the early 
age of the church," as St. Paul, St. Peter, and our Lord 
Himself. We must support this school with our constant 
prayers, and see to it that sufficient money is supplied 
to provide buildings, library, and equipment, and to 
staff the school with men of God who will "commit (the 
word) to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others 
also." Only by this means may we be assured that the 
pure Gospel shall continue to be proclaimed through- 
out the land as the spiritual darkness of this apostate 
age gathers around us. 



REV. W. A. OGDEN 



THE ARTICLE YOU'RE AFRAID TO READ 

About a Sin You're Ashamed to Mention 

By Robert Duncan Culver 

Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament 

There is a sin mentioned in the Bible and current 
among Christians of which the guilty are always afraid 
to make mention. 

There are some sins of which 
people are rather proud. Mur- 
der isn't reprehensible to the 
public if it is boldly and gallantly 
done. Adultery has a rather ro- 
mantic glow about it if the par- 
ticipants are healthy, beautiful, 
and intense. People write books 
like "Forever Amber" and "An- 
thonj' Adverse" and "Gone With 
the Wind" — all about murder and 
adultery — and the public spends 
millions of dollars just to read 
the books and enjoy a sort of vi- 
carious participation in the sins. These sins are not 
hidden — they are paraded! 

But there is a sin that is hidden. 

This sin is not in bad standing in any of our churches. 
I know a church whose records show that there is nearly 
100 per cent guilt among the members. A pastor tells 
me how he once found seven of his official board in 
red-handed guilt — caught in the very act. 

When accused of the sin some get frightfully angry, 
and have been known to quit the church if pressed to 
make it right by confe.ssion and I'estitution. 

Yet, so far as I know, no sin causes more harm to the 
Lord's work. It discourages pastors; it has been known 
to cause them to leave the ministry even when they 




PROF. CtJLVER 



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themselves were innocent of it. It has caused churches 
to disband and close doors. It has curtailed missions; 
it has caused recall of foreign missionaries; it has had 
a part in causing every time of spiritual declension in 
the history of the church. 

Yet it is a sin which guilty Christians always hide. 

Strange — no church seems to have undertaken discip- 
linary action to stop it. To my knowledge, no one was 
ever excommunicated for it. 

The Bible word for this sin appears in our civil law 
books, and in civil realms is punishable by fine, im- 
prisonment, and even by death. 

The Bible word for the sin means to do something 
hidden, to work secretly. 

By now this sin appears to be so hidden that my 
reader is wondering if even I will mention it by name. 

I now iTiention the sin by name and hold it up for 
examination — because the Bible names it, defines and 
describes it, condemns it. and fixes penalty for it. 

The sin is robbery — the sin of robbing God. 

The place in which this sin is named, described, and 
condemned is Malachi 3:8, 9 ARV, "Will a man rob 
God? yet ye rob me. But ye say. Wherein have we 
robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed 
with the curse; for ye rob me, even this whole nation." 

Don't quit reading yet. You haven't seen the worst. 

The name of the sin. again, is robbery — not just any 
kind of robbery — but robbing the God who gave heav- 
en's most precious possession to save us. An offence 
grows in proportion to the dignity and authority of the 
one against whom it is committed. If I slap my little 
brother it may be a favor, not an offence. If I slap my 
big brother, there is no question about its being an 
offence. If I slap my mother the offence is worse, but 
may result in nothing worse than a spanking, though I 
have broken the Fifth Commandment. If I slap a 
policeman, I land in jail. If I slap the President. I go 
to a penitentiary. Robbery is worse than slapping. 
Robbing vien is crime! Robbing God is worse than 
criine. Millions of Christians with their hands in God's 
pocket, stealing from the pocket of the God whose hand 
feeds them, who gave His Son to save them, are parad- 
ing about just as if they were respectable citizens. 

Don't quit yet, that is unless you're guilty and the 
truth makes you angry. The worst is yet to come. 

How is this robbery done? It is done by withholding 
tithes and offerings. Yet it's on Old Testament ground. 
But if God asked a Jew of that age to give one-tenth 
(that's what the Hebrew word for tithe means) of his 
income, and offerings besides, how much more He asks 
from us who have the object lessons in the incarnation 
(Phil. 2; 5-7) and in the crucifixion (Phil. 2:8). These 
object lessons in the generosity of God make us respon- 
sible for more (I Cor. 8:9). 

"Ye are cursed with the curse; for ye rob me, even 
this whole nation." The next verse interprets this curse 
as a withholding of the hand of God's blessing. We 
know what some of the blessings are for us — joy, peace, 
and usefulness here and now, with reward in glory in 
the world to come. 

Listen! This unmentionable, hidden, craven, selfish, 
mean, contemptible crime of robbing God needs atten- 



tion in our land. In the past several years gifts to 
charity of all kinds have fallen off at least 300 per cent 
in relation to incomes. It needs attention in o u r 
churches; we have no record of which to be proud. 

It is even hindering answers to prayer, for God does 
not hear to answer the prayers of selfish people. 

And. if it is sin, then it should be repented of. If it is 
repented of then there should follow fruit worthy of 
repentance. 

Now you've read "the article we're afraid to read 
about the sin we're ashamed to mention." What do 
you intend to do about it? 





REV. LESTER PIFER 



A NOTE OF GRATITUDE 
By Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

Treasurer, Grace Seminary Alumni Association 

Every sincere child of God realizes that we are now 
living in the closing days of the age of grace. We are 
aware also that these are days of extreme apostasy. 
Not only men, but whole denom- 
inations, are departing from the 
Faith. Recently we heard a pas- 
tor say, "I have been preaching 
for twenty-five years and I can't 
see how God, who is loving and 
kind, will send a man to hell be- 
cause he has not believed upon 
Christ." The same individual is 
reported to have said. "I used to 
believe that the Bible was the 
book, but now I feel that it is 
just another good book upon my 
shelves," Personally, I would 
not like to have this man for my pastor. But such is 
the case in countless cities in this land of America. 

The constituents of the Brethren Church can praise 
God for such a school as Grace Seminary. The stu- 
dents who come from these halls are not deniers and 
doubters of the fundamentals which are so dear to our 
hearts, but rather, men and women who positively 
preach and witness that the Bible and its message is 
true. Further, they have realized that all have sinned 
and therefore need the saving grace of God which is 
only given through a personal acceptance of Jesus 
Christ as Saviour. Hence, they go forth with a passion 
for lost souls, trained to counteract the wiles of false 
teaching and possessing the ability to teach men how 
to live the consecrated, separated life for Christ. 

Having spent three precious years in this institution 
before entering the Home Mission field, I can testify 
that these things are true. The teaching which I re- 
ceived, plus the emphasis upon personal devotion and 
habits have had a tremendous influence upon my min- 
istry. I am constrained many times to pause and thank 
God for those years of training. 

Sincerely, Grace Seminary has a great part in the 
preparation of young people for Christian service. This 
school is ordained of God. As friends and former stu- 
dents alike, we can show our gratitude to this institu- 
tion by a generous offering to help offset the expanded 
program and increased student body and its needs. 



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news' Bw^ 

Rev. Norville J. Rich's new ad- 
dress is 4412 Cleveland Ave., San 
Diego, Calif. 

Rev. Lester Pifer, pastor at Fre- 
mont, Ohio, reports that there were 
22 decisions in the evangelistic 
meetings led by Rev. R. D. Barnard, 
and that there have been more de- 
cisions in the regular services since 
then. The Fremont church plans 
to dedicate the new building about 
Easter time. 

Chaplain Donald F. Carter's new 
overseas address is c'o Headquarters 
1st Cavalry Division, A. P. O. #201. 
San Francisco, Calif. 

The article, "Through the Bible 
25 Times," by a Brethren pastor, 
which appeared in the Missionary 
Herald some months ago, was re- 
printed in Good News Broadcaster 
this month. 

Rev. Don Bartlett's new address is 
903 South Main St., Kokomo, Ind. 

The church at New Troy, Mich.. 
has a school bus for sale, and would 
like to buy a late model station 
wagon. 

Rev. and Mrs. Keith Altig and 
jamily have sailing for Brazil from 
New York on Feb. 25. They have 
received their passports and visas. 
Pray for them as they sail to this 
new Brethren mission field. 

Rev. Jack Green has had some 
serious physical reverses recently, 
and we are again asking for united 
prayer for his miraculous recovery. 
Entrance into Lower California can- 



EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

1369 Potomac Ave. S. E., Washington 3. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Gsnce Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

5fouth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 




not be made until he or someone 
else is ready and able to go. 

The building committee at Chico, 
Calif., is hard at work on plans for 
their new church building. The 
stucco structure will house an audi- 
torium seating 400 people and one 
of the city's most complete Sunday 
school plants. The part of the build- 
ing to be erected now is expected to 
cost about $25,000. Pastor J. Ward 
Tressler reports that progress is 
being made on the building fund. 

Rev. Bernard N. Schneider, pas- 
tor at Mansfield, Ohio, has been 
called to serve the church another 
year, receiving a fine increase in sal- 
ary. Each year Brother Schneider 
has been called by unanimous vote. 
The church is now self-supporting, 
and the Home Mission offering is 
more than $1,000. 

Attendance at Radford, Va., is 
running about 60 to 65. and there 
were 51 present at a recent business 
meeting. 

From Buena Vista, Va.: "God's 
spiritual blessings upon us last week 
were wonderful. We started the 
new year with 25 Christians rededi- 
cating their lives to God at the close 
of the Watch Night service. On 
Sunday morning. 31 more rededi- 
cated their lives to God's service. 
Also Sunday evening, a young man 
accepted Christ as his Saviour, and 
two other young people rededicated 
their lives to Hiin. At Crezet prison 
camp, your pastor and two men of 
the Fishermen's Club had the privi- 
lege of seeing 18 men accept Christ 
as Saviour. There were 19 others 
requesting prayer that they might 
be saved." 

From Grace Church, Altoona, Pa.: 
"The rafters are up for our build- 
ing. This means it will very soon 
be enclosed from the weather. The 
lower elevation has two layers of 
roof." 

Miss Mildred Kuntz, missionary to 
the Navajo Indians from the First 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., was in- 
jured in an accident in December. 
The doctor said she had a slight 
concussion of the brain and was 
suffering from shock. 

More than 100 people attended the 
Watch Night service at Pern, Ind. 
Special "Gifts to the King" dona- 
tions at Christmas time augmented 
the building fund to the amount of 
$466.45. 

The Fort Wayne, Ind., church has 



purchased a Lowry electronic organ 
which is already in service at the 
church. New curtains are being in- 
stalled in the rooms on the south 
side of the church. 

Good news comes from Pastor 
Walter A. Lepp, of Hagerstown, Md.: 
"On the first Sunday of January . 
our Bible school attendance was 251, 
as compared to 121 four years ago. 
Morning worship attendance was 
198, and evening, 178. The Lord 
blessed the preaching of His Word 
with seven decisions, of which five 
were first-time. Yesterday our Bible 
school attendance was 271 and the 
Lord gave us eight more decisions, 
making a total of 15 for the two 
weeks. From Wednesday through 
Friday of last week, Phil Saint gave 
us a youth conference, and our aver- 
age attendance was 225 per meet- 
ing." 

The Sunnyside, Wash., bulletin 
informs us that Rev. and Mrs. Ar- 
thur Nickel have gone to Santa 
Monica, Calif., to prepare for Child 
Evangelism work. Brother Nickel 
preached at Sunnyside on his final 
Sunday there. 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr., our 
missionary in Africa, was painfully 
injured when her knee-cap was 
broken in a fall recently. Because 
of this the Goodmans were not able 
to attend the Field Council meeting. 

Rev. Orville Lorenz has resigned 
as pastor of the First Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

At Clayton, Ohio. Pastor Vernon 
Harris reports making 580 calls last 
year, and 34 members were added to 
the church roll. The average Sun- 
day school attendance was 79, with 
a high mark of 110. 

From the First Church, Los An- 
geles, Calif.: "The Winter Retreat 
was the most successful ever held by 
our church. A revival with true re- 
pentance broke out among our young 
people. Twenty-three, or nearly 
half of those attending, have given 
their lives for full-time service." 

Forty-two members of the Kit- 
tanning, Pa., Sunday school had per- 
fect attendance last year. The young 
people have completed several 
worthwhile projects during the year, 
including a house for the Grace 
Seminary of Africa. Registration 
for the Moody Extension Course at 
the church has reached 19. The 
branch Sunday school at North Buf- 

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January 29, 1949 



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Wow to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




THE BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH 

The term, baptism of the Holy 
Spirit, has been used and misused 
in so many different ways that many 
behevers have become greatly con- 
fused. 

1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit 
is defined in I Corinthians 12:13. 
"By one Spirit are we all baptized 
into one body, whether we be Jews 
or Gentiles, whether we be bond or 
free . . ." This tells us that it is 
the actual event, the baptism of the 
Holy Spirit, which places both the 
Jews and the gentiles into the body 
of Christ, the church. Therefore, to 
be saved and to be a member of the 
body of Christ, the true church, is to 
have had this baptisvi. To have had 
this baptism is to be saved. The 
child of God today can never look 
forward to the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit. He must look back to the 
event. This event or experience 
takes place when saving faith is ex- 
ercised (Gal. 3:26, 27). 

Now to go back to the book of 
Acts, we find that on the Day of 
Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit 
came, it is said that He filled all the 
house where they were sitting, (not 
agonizing on their faces) (Acts 1:2). 
The truth is here made plain that 
the Holy Spirit filled the house. Thus 
God's people were covered, siu-- 
rounded, submerged, bajjfised with 
the Holy Spirit. 

This experience in its relation to 
salvation is further mentioned when 
Paul writes, "For as many of you as 
have been baptized into Christ have 
put on Christ" (Gal. 3:27). The real 
baptism into Christ or into the body 
of Christ, the church, is the baptism 
of the Holy Spirit, of which water 
baptism is a most vivid picture. 

On the Day of Pentecost, there 
were present about 120 believers 
from among the God-fearing Jews, 
with the disciples. These were godly 
people who were waiting in that 
transition period from law to grace, 
for the further purpose of God to be 
revealed. 

On the Day of Pentecost, God took 
these and by the baptism of the Holy 



Spirit, which was both a new rev- 
elation and a new experience. He 
brought forth a new body of be- 
lievers, the church. 

On that day Peter, as leader and 
preacher, proclaimed the significance 
of the death of Christ. At this feast 
season there were present at Jeru- 
salem a great multitude of Jews. 
Many of these had followed the light 
which God had given through Juda- 
ism. 

As a result of Peter's sermon, 
many were convicted. Then 3,000 
from this multitude were baptized 
in water, signifying their turning 
from Judaism to the fuller revela- 
tion in Christ. Their obedience in 
water baptism emphasized the fact 
of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 
Since all those who passed through 
this experience were Jews, not gen- 
tiles, it indicates God's order in the 
beginning of the church to be "To 
the Jew first." However, from I 
Corinthians 12:13, we have already 
seen that the entrance into the 
church which is the body of Christ 
is by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, 
whether Jew or gentile, bond or free. 

2. The Filling of the Holy Spirit. 
We turn again to the book of Acts 
and continue, "And there appeared 
unto them cloven tongues like as of 
fire, and it sat upon each of them. 
And they were all filled with the 
Holy Ghost, and began to speak with 
other tongues, as the Spirit gave 
them utterance" (Acts 2:3, 4). 

Here we discover that on the Day 
of Pentecost there was a further 
work of the Holy Spirit which 
caused the manifestation of tongues, 
that every man in each of the 17 
different languages was able to hear 
in his own tongue. Let it be re- 
membered that the filling of the Holy 
Spirit takes place apart from the 
baptism of the Holy Spirit. Thus, on 
the Day of Pentecost, they spoke in 
tongues because of the filling of the 
Spirit, not becaiise of the baptistn 
(Acts 2:4). 

3. The anointing of the Holy Spirit. 
This is mentioned as accompanying 



By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 

that work of the Holy Spirit in es- 
tablishing us in Christ at salvation. 
The Apostle Paul explains that the 
anointing of the Spirit was one of 
the four things which the Christians 
at Corinth had received (II Cor. 1: 
21, 22) . This anointing is necessary 
for the comprehension of spiritual 
things (I John 2:20, 27 RV; I Cor. 
2:14). 

4. The sealiyig of the Holy Spirit. 
This is another work of the Spirit to 
which the child of God looks back. 
If one is saved (and therefore a 
member of the body of Christ, the 
true church) he has already re- 
ceived the sealing of the Holy Spirit. 
The child of God is said to be "sealed 
unto the day of redemption" (II Cor. 
1:22; Eph. 4:30). The day of re- 
demption is revealed as the time 
when, at the resurrection of the 
saved dead, and the translation of 
the saved living, the body will be 
redeemed (Rom. 8:23) and the 
Christian shall be made like the 
Lord Jesus Christ (I John 3:1-3). 

5. T h e indwelling of the Holy 
Spirit. The Bible teaches that the 
Holy Spirit indioells the believer and 
that thus the body of the child of 
God is the temple of the Holy Spirit 
(I Cor. 6:19, 20). If he does not 
have the Spirit, he does not belong 
to God (Rom. 8:9). 

6. The Holy Spirit's work of con- 
victing sinners. This convicting 
work is revealed in John 16:7-11. It 
is three-fold. 

a. The Spirit reproves the world 
of sin for not believing in the Lord 
Jesus Christ. He shows men their 
need of Christ as a Saviour from sin. 

b. The Spirit shows forth the facts 
of righteousness. From the Bible, 
the Holy Spirit reveals that all right- 
eo^isness is the work of Christ. The 
cross provides the righteousness 
which we receive by faith (II Cor. 
5:21; Rom. 3:21-28). The high- 
priestly work of Christ applies this 
righteo^isness to the believer, since 
Christ has gone to the Father. 

c. The Holy Spirit reveals that 

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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




■pmgeH-jj 



"P & G" once meant "Procter and 
Gamble" to "Joe" Marvin, but now 
it means "Preach the Gospel." The 
change in his life was brought about 
when a fellow employee in the Long 
Beach plant of the famous soap com- 
pany invited "Joe" Marvin to go to 
Sunday school with him. The fel- 
low employee was Dumont Voor- 
hees, and the Sunday school was at 
the First Brethren Church of Long 
Beach. There he heard the Gospel 
in the Sunday school class, and also 
from the pulpit. He was converted 
under the preaching of Dr. Louis S. 
Bauman in April, 1936. Previous to 
this time he had been a church 
member, but that is all. 

Getting a rather late start in 
working for the Lord, Brother Mar- 
vin seemed determined to make up 
for lost time. He founded the Men's 
Magnify organization at the Long 
Beach church, a group of men who 
are still active in soul-winning. He 
used the plan of "Fellowship Din- 
ners" in the Sunday school class to 



LYLE W. MARVIN 

raise the attendance from 75 to 225 
in two and one-half years. He 
founded the Seal Beach mission 




REV. LYLE W. MARVIN 

point that is now the First Brethren 
Church of Seal Beach. 

His call to the ministry came the 
next year, 1937. Bob Munro was 
preaching at the time, and Brother 
Marvin and Bro. Norville J. Rich 
answered the call at the same time. 
However, the way was not opened 
to attend Grace Seminary until 1944. 



He had left the soap company in 
1940 to carry Uncle Sam's mail in 
Long Beach. It was while carrying 
the mail that he undertook the new 
work in Seal Beach in 1942. 

Brother Marvin had attended the 
University of Illinois for two years, 
beginning in 1925. In 1944 he en- 
tered Grace Seminary, graduating 
three years later and being ordained 
at the commencement exercises. 
While a student in the seminary he 
was pastor of the Pleasant View 
Community Church, near Warsaw, 
Ind. Upon his graduation he ac- 
cepted a call to the First Brethren 
Church in Rittman, Ohio, where he 
is still the pastor. 

Lyle W. "Joe" Marvin was bom 
Feb. 17, 1904, at Aurora, lU. He is 
5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 180 
pounds, and has brown eyes and 
hair. Mrs. Marvin, the former Cora 
Louise Larkey, came from Enid, 
Okla. They have two sons, Lyle W., 
Jr., 15, and Louis Alan, 11. 



"RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" IN SPAIN 

All Protestant schools in Spain, 
once housing 7,000 pupils, are closed 
and the children must go to schools 
where Roman Catholic instruction 
is compulsory. Protestants are not 
permitted publicly to bury their 
dead with the rites of their church; 
to print hymn books and Bibles; to 
reply in the public press to attacks 
made on them; to place any signs on 
their churches denoting they are 
places of worship. They have been 



jailed and fined for holding meetings 
of Bible study and prayer in their 
homes. — The Protestant Voice. 



HOW ABOUT YOUR PASTOR? 

The average annual salary f o r 
ministers is $2,785, less than the 
average family income of $2,900. This 
salary is the lowest of any profes- 
sional group in the United States. 
The highest ministerial salary aver- 
age is $3,541, in the Episcopal 
church. — Gospel Messenger. 



NEWS BRIEFS 

(Continued from Page T5) 

falo had an attendance of 96 on Jan. 
9. The congregation recently elected 
Bruce Button to the eldership by a 
unanimous vote. 

Dr. H. Framer Smith, former 
president of the Bible Institute of 
Pennsylvania, died recently in Phil- 
adelphia. At one time he was direc- 
tor of the pastor's course at Moody 
Bible Institute. 



SEMINARY NEWS 

(Continued from Page 68) 

pository messages on the Psalms. Sermons given thus 
far have been by Charles Ashman, Jr. (Psalm 1), Robert 
Betz (Psalm 2), John Drury (Psalm 16), and Harry 
Elder. (Psahn 19). 

MISSIONARY CONVENTION 

During the week between Christmas and New Year's, 
the University of Illinois (Urbana Campus) was the 



scene of a Convention for Missionary Conquest, spon- 
sored by the Student Foreign Missions Fellowship of 
the Inter-Varsity Fellowship. One thousand, one hun- 
dred and fifty student delegates represented 253 schools. 
Christian and secular, in the United States and Canada. 
Grace Seminary sent two Senior students as its repre- 
sentatives, Charles Sumey and Jach Churchill. Irvine 
Robertson, also a Senior, was present as one of the 61 
missionary counselors, representing the various fields 
of mission work. The conference strengthened the pur- 
pose of all to carry out the theme of taking the Gospel 
"from every campus to every country." — J. C. 



January 29, 1949 



77 




YOUTH PAGE 






"R^LPU COLBURn -NcHono/ Yot/Zh D/reci^or 



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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 



If you were in the presence of 
some acquaintances who were not 
Christians, or who were not sep- 
arated Christians, and they asked 
you to join them in some activity 
that you felt you could not, as a 
Christian, partake of, what would 
you do? 

There are several courses of action 
possible. We could beg off because 
of a fictitious previous engageinent. 
That's the easiest. Or we could le- 
fuse, without giving an explanation. 
Or we could mumble something un- 
intelligible as an apology for not 
joining them. But these are all the 
easy ways out. What's the best way? 
Need we ask? Of course, it's to ask 
to be excused, and then tell them 
why — because you are a Christian, 
and you do not believe that Christ 
would be pleased at your participa- 
tion in the activity in question. It 
is a wonderful opportunity to give 
a real testimony for your Lord. 

What's wrong with the other ways 
out? In the first, it is obvious. Ly- 
ing is never justified in Scripture, 
especially not in regards to our re- 
lationship with Christ. The e?rlv 
martyrs might have lied out of their 
faith in Christ, but would they have 
had their own self-i'espect, to shv 
nothing of the respect of others? 
Even if we had a legitimate previous 
engagement, we are evading the is- 
sue if we fail to tell the big reason 
why we do not do some things, and 
go some places. 

To refuse without giving any ex- 
planation, is also to evade the issue. 
And it leaves us open to persuasion 
and further invitations. And that 
leaves us open to taking the first 
step downward from our convic- 
tions. And that often leads further 
down, to a damaged testimony and 
a fruitless life. 

On the third count, why do we 
apologize for our Christianity? If 
we have convictions, let's stand up 
for them. These mumbled, unintel- 
ligible excuses are worse than none 
at all. I think they spring out of 
fear that Satan has put in our hearts 



— fear that we'll be ridiculed, or 
discriminated against, or something. 
That same fear drives us, in res- 
taurants and m=ilt shops, to either 
skip asking God's blessing on the 
food, or mumble it into our soup, or 
bow our heads with hands over our 
eyes as if we were rubbing an ach- 
ing head or something. 

Yes, the best way, by far, is to use 
an occasion like that as an oppor- 
tunity to testify for Christ. Do it in 
a simple, sincere way, and you'll ac- 
complish several things. Once you 
let your acquaintances know where 
you stand, they'll not likely urge you 
to do anything against your con- 
victions. So you'll be eliminating a 
possible source of temptation. Then 
you'll be establishing some resoc-ct 
for your Christian testimony. Even 
though people may ridicule you 
some, they'll respect you for stand- 
ing up for your beliefs. They know 
that takes courage, maybe the kind 
of courage that they do not have 
themselves. Nobody respects a 
namby-pamby, wishy-washy, com- 
promising Christian. But they will 
respect your convictions, if you live 
up to them, even if they don't agree 
with you, or understand your po- 
sition. 

And last, but not least, you'll be 
strengthening your own life when 
you stand firm for Christ. Each time 
you speak for Him you make the 
next time easier. Each time you 
stand for Him your "spiritual legs" 
are strengthened. Of course. Christ 
is pleased with every solid testi- 
inony, too, and He has promised re- 
wards for faithfulness in using our 
opportunities for His glory. 

Here's His challenge, through the 
Apostle Peter: ". . . and be ready 
always to give an answer to every 
man that asketh you a reason of the 
hope that is in you" (I Pet. 3:1.5). 




HERE'S AN IDEA! 

How are the B. S. L. V.'s in your 
church doing? You know, they're 
the Brethren Student Life Volun- 
teers, the young people who have 
dedicated their lives to the full-time 
service of Christ. Why not organ- 
ize them into a local chapter of the 
national organization? They need 
some encouragement and help. There 
are all sorts of special activities that 
they would enjoy and profit by in, 
say, monthly meetings. Here are 
some ideas that might enthuse and 
inspire and help them. 

First of all, get one of the new 
B. S. L. V. certificates, framed, and 
containing the names of the B. S. L. 
V.'s of your church. That gives 
them recognition and helps challenge 
them to faithfulness in their dedica- 
tion of life. (Certificates may be 
ordered from the editor of this page, 
complete and framed, $2 each.) 

Plan monthly meetings of the B. 
S. L. V.'s maybe in a home, with a 
covered dish dinner first. Have a 
mission study class, discussing the 
fields of the world, or a practical 
Bible study class, or even a class 
with some public speaking training 
or practice. Rev. James Dixon, of 
Ashland, Ohio, has the fellows who 
are B. S. L. V.'s meet with him every 
other week for a class in hom.iletics, 
with text books, lectures, quizzes, 
trial sermons, etc. Also, the class 
has to outline his sermons from 
week to week. That would be good 
for some preachers! Similar classes 
in other churches have helped pro- 
duce some of the Brethren preach- 
ers of today. 

Organize a B. S. L. V. Gospel 
teain, holding mission meetings, 
street meetings, young people's seiv- 
ices, and occasionally regular church 
services. Rev. Bernard Schneider 
started soinething like this some 
years ago in Washington, D. C, and 
virtually all the young people who 
were in the original team are now 
in full-time service, or in advanced 
stages of preparation for it. 

Or have you other ideas that have 

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LAYMEN'S 




Edited hy O. E. HACKER 



Another year has ended and a 
new one started. This reminds us 
that the time for the Lord's return- 
ing is getting closer by the minute. 
Although no man can know the day 
or the hour, we can safely say as 
time passes that the time is drawing 
ever closer. 

In business, at the end of the year, 
an accountant is called in to go over 
the past year's record, to determini^ 
whether the business has made profit 
or loss, and to prepare a report for 
the stockholders. 

We are told by the physician, ocu- 
list, dentist that we should submit 
our bodies to them for a periodicsl 
check-up. The oil companies and 
car-service companies tell us to 
bring in our automobiles for a sea- 
sonal check-up. Everywhere, all 
around us we find that a check-up 
is required from time to time. 

So, let us use this period to give 
our spiritual and church life a peri- 
odical check-up, by prayerfully 
searching out the various phases of 
our spiritual being, by answering 
the following questionnaire. There 
will not be any need of scoring; the 
Lord will do that, and the Holy 
Spirit in you will give you the ad- 
justment necessary. 

Have I thanked the Lord for sal- 
vation in the last year? Yes.. No.. 
If the answer is "yes," how often? 

If the answer is "no." 

why not? Have I spoken 

to anyone about his soul's salvation? 
Yes.. No.. Have I helped whenever 
called to do His work? Yes. .No. . 
Do I give my pastor moral support 
by attending services? Yes.. No.. 
How many times in the past year 
was my place in church vacant?. . . . 
Did I read the Word faithfully? 
Yes . . No . . Did I go to the Lord in 
prayer at least once a day? Yes.. 
No. . Did we have our family altar 
in our home? Yes.. No.. Do I 
thank the Lord for the food I eat? 
Yes.. No.. Have I walked before 
men as a Christian should? Yes. . 
No . . Am I a profit for Christ rather 
than a loss? Yes. .No. . 

You can hardly go down a street 
in the business section of any city 



without seeing an "approved serv- 
ice" sign posted somewhere. After 
answering these questions, can you 
say that your service would be that 
good that you could claim the "ap- 
proved service" acceptance? Only 
your Lord can answer this question. 
Our lives should be lived, day bv 
day, so that we will be ready at all 
times to submit ourselves for a com- 
plete check-up, upon short notice, 
because who knows the day or the 
hour that the Great Examiner will 
demand a complete examination of 
our past? 



Your laymen's editor would like 
to take this opportunity to thank the 
Brethren in the Northern Ohio Fel- 
lowship for the fine audience and 
attention rendered at their Novem- 
ber meeting. The Lord blessed that 
meeting, its speaker, and much good 
will come from our associations with 
God's people. We wish to thank 
Bro. Earle Cole, of Cuyahoga Falls. 
Ohio, for his assistance, both at 
Cuyahoga Falls and Dayton, Ohio. 
May the Lord bless you, Earle. 



Remember our s 1 o g a n — "5.000 
Souls in the Brethren Churches in 
1949." Are you doing your part to 
realize this goal? 



In the past few weeks reports from 
several Brethren laymen fellowshi'::s 
were received. The Cuyahoga Falls. 
OhAo, Grace Brethren Laymen held 
a meeting on December 10th to dedi- 
cate Thursday evenings of each week 
in 1949 to personal evangelistic work 
in their city. Rev. R. M. Ward has 
prayed that this work should be un- 
dertaken and this decision is en an- 
swer to their pastor's prayer. Praise 
God for soul-loving Brethren. Again 
we hear from Fremont, Ohio, Grace 
Brethren Laymen. In their Novem- 
ber meeting there were 12 laymen 
present. Rev. Lester Pifer spoke to 
them on the topic, "Soul-Winning." 
with Bro. Carl Reidling at the piano 
and Bro. Clarence Ash leading the 
singing. Their "Lost Souls Crusade" 
committee consists of Arthur Moyer. 
Clarence Ash, and Carl Brooks. 



They report three jail meetings, one 
county home, and one convalescent 
home meeting. 

The following report was received 
from Kittanning First Brethren 
Laymen. These reports are all grat- 
ifying and show a progressive and 
an aggressive program being spon- 
sored by our Brethren laymen. 

Let us have the report of your 
laymen activities. We'll endeavor 
to put them into print in our fine 
magazine, the Brethren Missionary 
Herald. 



MEN'S RALLY AT KITTANNING 

Monday night. Dec. 20, the First 
Brethren Church of Kittanning held 
a Laymen's Rally. Men from Johns- 
town and Baden were invited to at- 
tend, but terribly icy roads reduced 
local and out-of-tov/n attendance. 
Rev. Russell V/eber and Mr. Ham- 
mond came from Baden. 

Nevertheless, the service was a 
great inspiration to all 21 who were 
present. Delbert Baker played the 
piano, the pastor led the singing, and 
Bert and Walter Jordan sang two 
appropriate duets. 

Testimony time was especially 
heart-warming as it was begun by 
two men who had not been accus- 
tomed in their new Christian life to 
the giving of public testimonies. 
This was a real victory for Christ in 
their lives, and indeed a great bless- 
ing to all present. 

The speaker, R. Paul Miller, 
brought a stirring message on soul- 
winning, emphasizing purity, prayer, 
personal work, passion, and perpetu- 
ity. Eleven men signed both oledge 
cards. The offering of $16.00 was 
given to Brother Miller. Following 
the meeting, coffee, sandwiches, and 
doughnuts were served. 

The service was a wonderful time 
of fellowship in which our evange- 
listic fervor was fired, hints on soul- 
winning were gleaned, and a real 
challenge to private Christian char- 
acter was received. A meeting in a 
nearby mission point is to begin soon 
and the men were challenged to give 
their spiritual support to it. — Gordon 
W. Bracker. 



January 29, 1949 



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dev. and Mrs. Blaine Snyder 
Vfinona Lakie, Ind. 




"""""soS^gf- 



By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, Martinsburg, Pa. 



"Mother," whined Sharon, "Doro- 
theann won't share her pretzels with 
me." 

"Why should she?" Mother in- 
quired. "You had some. What hap- 
pened to yours?" 

"I ate them," came the quick re- 
ply, "and sister won't give me any 
of hers." 

"Did you give Dorotheann any of 
yours?" asked Mother. 

"No, but I want some of hei's. 
She's mean, she won't share." 

The theme of our three-year-old's 
cry was: "she won't share." Mother 
noticed, however, that Sharon's in- 
terest in sharing only became evi- 
denced when she had nothing to 
give. 

Our Sunday school superintend- 
ent has two children who had a sim- 
ilar experience some time back. Both 
Denny and Linda had a child-size 
snow shovel given them. They had 
great fun removing the snow from 
the sidewalk 'til the appearance of 
a neighbor's child upset the apple 
cart. The little visitor wanted one 
of the shovels and both the children 
were lo?the to part with theirs. 

A rather forceful argument en- 
sued which threatened to become 
disastrous unless Mother intervened. 
Asking the reason for all the racket 
Mother discovered the trouble was 
as old as human nature — self was 
refusing to "in honor prefer one an- 
other." Suggesting that the Loi'd 
Jesus would be pleased if one of His 
children would share with the vis- 
itor. Mother went indoors just as 
Denny said, "That's right. You 
share lyour shovel, Linda. " 

When the mothers shared their 
stories and experiences in dealing 
with their children they were viv- 
idly reminded that "all have sinned 
and come short of the glory of God" 
(Rom. 3:23). Blind and foolish in- 
deed is the parent who refuses to 
admit and acknowledge that this 
fearful fact is true in his children. 



The only remedy for the sinful 
heart, child's or adult's, is the shed 
blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son. 

Nor are children the only offend- 
ers in this matter of sharing. Me- 
thinks the entire world of men be- 
lieves in the principle of sharing as 
long as the other fellow is doing that 
sharing. Indeed, many a Christian 
falls in line with the multitude 
which says, "Let John do it." May 
it not be that you would be one of 
the followers of our dear Lord who 
would say in effect, "Lord. I love 
Thee, but don't ask me to put myself 
out in any way for the furtherance 
of the Gospel on the earth." God's 
Word tells us, "Bear ye one another's 
burdens, and so fulfil the law of 
Christ" (Gal. 6:2). Many a fellow 
believer goes uncomforted. unhelped 
in time of real need because some 
of us have failed to "weep with those 
who weep." 

We have failed, Christians, to 
really share the Gospel of the sav- 
ing grace of Christ with a lost and 
dying world. Were our testimony 
adequate, there would not be so 
many unsaved people right in our 
own neighborhoods. May God help 
us to make this a banner year in 
the propagation and spreading of 
the Gospel, hastening thus the com- 
ing of our glorious Lord and Sav- 
iour, Jesus Christ. 



B. J. U. OPPOSED 

Liberals in all denominations in 
the South are opposing the work of 
Bob Jones University in Greenville 
S. C. Baptists, Presbyterians, Meth- 
odists, and other groups object to 
the competition with their denom- 
inational schools. Dr. John R. Rich- 
ardson, Southern Presbyterian lead- 
er, who accepted a place on B. J. U. s 
board of trustees, has been dropped 
as a trustee of Columbia Theological 
Seminary. 



THE WORD OF GOD 

(Continued from Page 76) 

Satan is already judged, and there- 
fore what the sinner needs to do 
is to identify himself with the vic- 
tory which is in Christ Jesus. 

7. The Holy Spirit regenerates 
the man who believes. In this the 
Holy Spirit does not make over the 
old sinful man, who is helpless to 
deliver himself from sin, but on the 
contrary, He creates in the sinner a 
new nature (II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4: 
23. 24). 

8. The Holy Spirit can be quenched. 
This is the refusal to allow the 
S^!rit to do His work (I Thess. 5: 

19). 

9. The Holy Spirit will guide God s 
people. This fact is revealed all 
through the Bible. It is accom- 
plished through the truth of God's 
Word, the experience of the believer, 
and contact with other believers and 
teachers who are called of God. 

10. The Holy Spirit can be grieved. 
This is what Christians are told not 
to do (Eph. 4:30). It is the resuh 
of being out of the directive will of 
the Lord. 



YOUTH PAGE 

(Continued from Page 78) 

worked, or that you think would 
work? If so, send them in to Ralph 
Colburn, editor of this page, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 

(If you have dedicated your life 
to the Lord for full-time Christian 
service, but have not signed a Breth- 
ren Student Life "Volunteers Cove- 
nant Card, get one from your pastor. 
or from the National Youth Direc- 
tor. Fill it out, keep the top por- 
tion, and send the other two por- 
tions to Ralph Colburn, Winona 
Lake, Ind. You'll receive a mem- 
bership card, a monthly student 
newspaper, and other helps. Over 
350 Brethren young people have 
signed the B. S. L. V. covenant in 
the past four months: how about 
you?) 



THE GREATEST THING 

Someone asked Dr. Lyman 
Beecher, in his old age, "What is the 
greatest of all things?" 

The sturdy veteran replied, "It is 
not theology; it is not controversy: 
it is saving souls." — The Gospel 
Herald. 



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VOLUME 11, NUMBER 6 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 5, 1949 






Contents 



The Miracle of the Passports 

Rev. Keith Altig 

iod Takes Care of the Missionary 

Miss Anna Marie Mishler 

General Secretary Reports 

Russell D. Barnard 

We Go to a Funeral 

Mrs. J. P. Kliever 

Bouca News Flashes 

Mrs. Joseph H. Foster 

What Are They Doing? 

Russell D. Barnard 

Foreign Missionary Editor's 
Mail Box 

Prayer Pointers 

Mrs. A. B. Kidder 



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THE SECOND MILE 



"Come here, you dosj, and bear my pack a mile." 

So spoke a Roman soldier to a Jew; 
"The day is hot, and I would rest a while. 

Such heavy loads were made for such as you." 

The Tew obeyed, and stooping' in the path. 

He took the burden, though his back was tired ; 
For who would. dare arouse a Roman's \vrath. 

Or scorn to do what Roman law required? 

They walked the mile in silence ; at its end 

They paused, but there was not a soul in sight ; 

"I'll walk another mile \vith you, m}^ friend," 

Spoke up the Jew. "This burden now seems light." 

"Have you gone mad," the angr}' Roman cried, 

"To mock me, v/hen you know that but one mile 

Can I compel such service?" By his side 

The Jew stood silent, but with kindly smile. 

"I used to hate to bear a Roman's load. 

Before I met the lo^vly Nazarene. 
And walked with Him along the dusty road, 

And saw Him make the hopeless lepers clean." 

"I heard Him preach a sermon on the mount; 

He taught that we should love our enemies ; 
He glorified the little things that count 

So much in lessening life's miseries." 

The soldier tried to speak ; as he began. 

His head was bowed, his eyes with tears were dim ; 
"For many years I've sought such a man. 

Pray tell me more ; I, too, would follow Him." 

— Joseph E. Harvey, in Watchman and Examiner. 



THE MIRACLE OF THE PASSPORTS 



By REV. KEITH ALTIG, Whittier, Calif. 



In Acts 12 we read of an iron gate which "opened to 
them of his own accord" as a result of the church pray- 
ing without ceasing unto God in Peter's behalf. The 
Brethren Church has witnessed God doing much tlie 
same thing in this twentieth century. 

Immediately following our last National Conference 
everyone who had any connection with the project 
began to do all within their power to get us to Brazil to 
open our proposed new field. There was an unaccount- 
able delay in receiving an answer to the first letter 
written. Although the answer was sent it was never 
delivered. During this time Mrs. Altig and I began 
studying the language (Portuguese) with a young man 
from Brazil as the teacher. This young man became 
a warm personal friend and helped in many different 
ways. 

One sailing date was secured and had to be cancelled 
because we were not ready with the proper credentials 
and permits. Then the long-awaited letter from Brazil 
came, stating that the Evangelical Confederation of 
Missions would be glad to recommend us to the Brazil- 
ian government. This set the ball rolling once again. We 
immediately began to apply for passports, visas, etc. 
Just making the application is a long process. Pictures! 
health certificates! smallpox vaccinations! police clear- 
ance! money orders! witnesses! and lots of time and 
patience. We aonlied for oassDorts late Monday after- 
noon January 10 with the knowledge that it sometimes 
took from 30 to 60 days to receive them. On Friday 
afternoon, January 14, we received the passports by 
registered mail. Four days! God really oiled the hinges 
of that iron gate to make it open quickly. 

Next, we went to the travel agent to make arrange- 
ments for transportation. The agent told us that she 
would know in a few days after they had contacted the 
New York office, and then we might find that there 
would be no transportation available for several months. 
We had hardly gotten home a few hours later, when the 
agent called to say that they had contacted the New 
York office by phone, and space was available on a ship 
sailing from New York February 25! Would we please 
come in and pay the fare as soon as possible? Another 
iron gate wide open! 

Our Brazilian friend had taken us to the Brazilian 
Consulate when we had first begun to work on getting 
our visas, and had introduced us to the vice-consul. He 
had been very helpful, and had given us all the infor- 
mation we needed, so when our passports came we took 
them to the consulate and asked for visas. This was on 
Saturday. The vice-consul said that because they 
worked only two hours that day we should come back 
on Monday and pick up the passports and visas. V/e 
returned to the consulate on Monday afternoon and 




REV. AND MRS. KEITH ALTIG AND FAMILY 



watched the secretary complete the work. We walked 
out of the building exactly one week after making 
application for passports, with everything we need to 
enter the new field. Verily, the iron gates swing open 
when God moves them in answer to the prayers of His 
people. 

God gave us an "exceedingly above" experience. The 
secretary in the Brazilian Consulate — a young man- 
asked us why in the world we wei'e going to Belem? 
There were lots of nicer places in Brazil. We told him 
we did not intend to stay in Belem permanently, but 
wanted eventually to go to Amapa. He struck his foie- 
head with his hand and said that was worse yet! Then 
of his own accord he said, "My brother-in-law is the 
general of the Brazilian Air Forces stationed in Belem. 
I will give you a personal letter of introduction to him, 
and when you get there he will help you in anything 
you need." He then wrote a very flattering letter asking 
the "General" to help us because of our little children 
who would need help down there. What a wonderful 
blessing to love and serve the Lord! 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943. M the post office at Winona Lake. Ind., under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co.. Winona Lake, Ind. Subscription price. $2.00 a year; 109 
per cent churches. $1.50; foreiRn $3.00. Board of Directors: Herman Hoyt. President; Bernard Schneider. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
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FOREIGN MISSIONS 

CHALLENGE 

YOU! 

ELEVEN NEW MISSIONARIES 

TWO NEW FIELDS 

THREE NEW STATIONS 

...IN... 

AFRICA .-. ARGENTINA 
BAJA CALIFORNIA «So 

BRAZIL ;. FRANCE 



W%W% A ^r% MAKE DAILY PRAYER YOUR 

It l%im X • HABIT! 

£%m^TW9% A FEW DOLLARS A WEEK WILL 

\9m If £#• MAKE A $100.00 GIFT! 

^^#%t IT'S GOD'S COMMAND! HOW WILL 

%y\j2 YOU ANSWER IT? 

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^^God Takes Care of the Missionary^^ 



By MISS ANNA MARIE MISHLER 
Oubangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa 




MISS MISHLER 



"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High 
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty . . . Thou 
shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the 
arrow that flieth by day: nor 
for the pestilence that walketh 
in darkness; nor for the de- 
struction that wasteth at noon- 
day." 

It was the second or third 
Sunday after my arrival at 
Yaloke. Dr. Taber, Miss Tyson, 
and I, with a group of natives, 
drove out the Boda road to give 
the Gospel at the different vil- 
lages that were not in walking 
distance of the Mission. Now 
Dr. Taber is an unusual man. 

Most men do not want to ride with a woman driver, and 
especially one with whom they have never ridden be- 
fore, so I was surprised when he told me to drive. I'm 
always happy for an opportunity to drive. So I got 
behind the wheel, and with a few jerks we were off. 

We were driving smoothly along — that is, as smoothly 
as possible on these African roads — when we came to a 
bridge with the water flowing over the top instead of 
underneath, as it should have been. It looked rather 
dangerous to me, and I was ready to turn around and 
go home. However, after one of the natives had tested 
the submerged bridge. Dr. Taber took the wheel and 
we drove across, although not without some misgivings 
on my part. I guess he knew I had been a little fright- 
ened, so he said, "God always takes care of the mission- 
ary." In the year I've been in Africa, I've seen and 
heard that He truly does care for the missionary! 

One evening, not long ago, the Misses Bickel and 
Kent, the four little girls, and I were returning to our 
homes after visiting a little sick girl in the Bible school 
village. It was alinost dark, and our one flashlight 
wasn't sufficient, for suddenly Lois Taber cried, "Oh, I 
stepped on a snake!" At about the same time. Miss 
Bickel, who was following her, said she stepped on it 
too. It got away in the darkness without harming any- 
one. Miss Bickel said it was just the Lord who kept 
them from being bitten. As the four girls and I were 
walking up the path to our little mud house, Ruthie 
Dunning said, "I'm so glad I believe in Jesus. Aren't 
you, Aunt Marie? Because then He takes care of us!" 
■With all my heart I could agree with her. At different 
times we've found snakes around our house and the 
girls have found them in their playhouse — snakes that 
our boys say are very poisonous, but the Lord has kept 
them from harming anyone. You see. He takes care of 
the missionary. 

Last Monday morning, about 5:30, I heard a woman 
calling, but I didn't pay too much attention, because I 
thought it was a native. Then I heard her again. And 
a little later I heard native voices in the chicken yard. 



I hurriedly dressed and went to see what was happen- 
ing. There I found Mr. Williams and Miss Bickel with 
guns. Miss Kent and a crowd of natives with spears, all 
milling around excitedly. 

Earlier, Miss Bickel had heard a noise in the chicken 
house and, without calling anyone, took a large stick 
and went to investigate. When she opened the door of 
the chicken house, there stood a large leopard looking 
at her. Of course she was frightened, but then, who 
wouldn't have been? She ran to the house and told 
Miss Kent, who in turn called Mr. Williams. Miss Kent 
had no gun, so she decided to stay on the veranda yard 
looking for the leopard. While she was standing there, 
she saw the leopard leap over the fence and run away. 
Miss Bickel said she was glad that Miss Kent had seen 
the leopard, too, for she would have thought she had 
been dreaming. It was no dream, though, for the 
leopard had gotten in through the roof and killed three 
ducks and thirty-nine chickens. 

The inen worked all day preparing a trap in the 
chicken house, hoping the leopard would return that 
night. She did return, but not into the trap. Instead, 
she killed an animal beside the Williams' driveway, 
leaving only the fur and one small bone. 

The remainder of the chickens had been placed in 
another chicken house. Next evening the guards saw 
her trying to get in there. Although the guards watched 
all night, and called Mrs. Williams several times when 
they saw her, she got away. She also promenaded on 
our front veranda, knocking over several barrels. 

Wednesday evening. Miss Bickel and I drove to four 
villages to buy a small goat to put in the trap. Finally 
in the fourth village the chief gave one. I know I waited 
anxiously, and I suppose the others did too, for the 
thud telling us the leopard was in the trap. About 8:30 
the drum started to beat, and soon natives could be 
heard shouting from all directions. I went over to the 
ladies' house and we waited for Mr. Williams and the 
natives to come and kill her. All the shouting and ex- 
citement seemed to be at the Williams' house, so we 
went too, and there lay the leopard dead. The Wil- 
liamses had heard a noise in their chicken house, so 
they went to investigate. They saw the leopard inside, 
and while Mrs. Williams held the lantern, Mr. Williams 
shot the leopard. She had killed six of their big hens, 
though, before she was killed. When Miss Bickel saw 
her on the ground, she said she didn't look half as fierce 
as she did when she was looking at her face to face. 

The natives gathered from all the nearby villages re- 
joicing. It was an experience I shall never forget. We 
were in the midst of a large crowd of almost naked 
Africans, each carrying a spear, and in the dark they 
looked rather fierce — at least they looked fierce to me, 
and also to Ruthie Dunning. She got as close to me as 
she could and her little heart was going "pit-a-pat, pit- 
a-pat" at top speed. While I knew there was nothing 
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lieve I would care to be in such a crowd if the Lord was 
not there. 

I praise the Lord that many of them had heard the 
Gospel, and now love and serve our Lord. One old man 
had his hunting-horn which has a rather weird sound. 
He blew the horn, then started to chant, and the other 
natives chanted back at him as some of them danced 
around in a circle. Then one of the men threw the 
leopard over his shoulder and with the other natives 
following, went to celebrate. Before they went, Mr 
Williams pulled out all the leopard's whiskers and 
burned them so the medicine men wouldn't be able to 
use them in any of their rites. 

The natives said it was God who kept Miss Bickel 
safe, because, they say, if a leopard looks a person in 
the eye, he always jumps for that person's thi-oat. We 
know, too, that it was the Lord who kept her safe, and 
not only Miss Bickel, but Mr. and Mrs. Williams when 
they killed the leopard, and also the rest of us, because 
we really hadn't been very careful about going outside 
after dark. And surely the leopard was around before 
she entered the chicken house Monday morning. It's 
not only in experiences such as these, but in every 
small detail of each day that we know "that God always 
takes care of the missionary." "I will say of the Lord, 
He is my refuge and my fortress: in him will I trust"! 



GENERAL SECRETARY REPORTS 

I WAS A PREACHER AGAIN— For four weeks in 
November and December. There were two revival 
meetings, one at Wooster, Ohio, with Bro. Kenneth 
Ashman and his good people, and one at Fremont, Ohio, 
with Bro. Lester Pifer and the fine people there. The 
Lord was very definitely with us and honored His 
Word and quite a large number of people reaffirmed 
their faith in Christ, or took a new stand for the Lord. 
Quite a goodly number received Christ as personal 
Saviour. 

The members and friends in both places were as gra- 
cious and fine as any visiting minister could desire. 
Our home in both cases was with the pastor of the 
church, and it was a real joy to renew friendships. I 
have one outstanding conclusion: that is, if the younger 
Brethren pastors throughout our entire fellowship of 
churches are anything like the two in these churches 
where I have served as evangelist, then I have no fear 
whatsoever for the future of our Brethren Church. 
Thanks, Wooster, and thanks, Fremont! 

FOREIGN MISSION PICTURES AGAIN — Three 
evenings per week at each place we showed the Foreign 
Mission motion pictures. They were well received. 
During the time of the first meeting, we had the priv- 
ilege of being at the Brethren youth meeting at A.sh- 
land, and sho\ved the pictures there. Since returning 
to Winona, we have visited the Leesburg Brethren 
Church, where Bro. Clyde Landrum is the pastor. 

Until the first of March, we will be completing the 
details of work here in the East with respect to the 
Easter Offering, and the meetings of the Foreign Board. 
The Board meets from the 14th to 18th of February. 
About March 1st we will be leaving for California and 
will ' probably go through the southern States and as 
we are on the trip west, pick up a few of the churches 
by way of visitation. We will probably be in California 
until about the first of August.— Rwssell D. Barnard. 



WE GO TO A FUNERAL 
By Mrs. J. P. KUever 

Bekoro, Oubangiii-Chari, French Equatorial Africa 

This has been rather a sad day here on the station. 
My garden boy's oldest daughter has been very sick 
now for a whole week, and yesterday he became sick, 
too. This morning they sent for some medicine for the 
little girl. 

Mrs. Kennedy gave them the medicine, but the little 
girl died before the medicine got there. It was hard 
for the poor mother to get things done, and now her 
little girl was gone. How a heathen mother would have 
carried on. Of course she wept, but not as the heathen 
do. She sorrowed not as those who have no hope. It 
rained hard all morning, so they had to wait until this 
afternoon for the burial. When they had everything 
ready, they called us and we went down. 

When we got there they were just carrying the little 
corpse to the grave. It was wrapped in one of my old 
dresses and had a nice scarf tied on its head. One of 
the relatives was carrying it, and during the service at 
the grave, she held the corpse on her lap. The child 
looked just as if it was only sleeping. 

The father and the sister could not be there, so the 
mother stayed at the hut. too. Jake gave the message 
at the grave. It was too bad that the parents could not 
hear it because it was really meant for them. 

They opened the service by singing Number 2 in the 
Sango song book. This is a song to the tune of "March- 
ing Thi'ough Georgia." I will never forget the first time 
I heard that sung at a funeral! I was horrified! Now 
it doesn't affect me quite the same because I know what 
the words say and they are very appropriate., I sUll 
don't like the tune at a funeral. 

Here in Kabba Land they dig the grave a little longer 
at the bottom than what it is at the top. When the grave 
is finished, they put a mat down at the bottom. The 
<;orpse is usually wrapped in cloth and then wrapped 
in a mat, too. When they are ready to bury it, one man 
goes down in the grave and eases the corpse into place, 
and sees that everything is in order. Next they place 
sticks over the grave real close together, and over these 
they lay a mat and seal all the edges down with mud, 
^o that no dirt shall sift onto the body. Over these 
sticks and mats they put the dirt out of the grave and 
pound it hard. 

Eventually the sticks rot and the dirt falls into the 
hole and the grave is lost, unless it is marked for some 
I'eason. But we know not one of them is lost to Him 
who knows His own. This is the second funeral we've 
had on the station since corning back this time. The 
other was one of the workmen who was bitten by a 
snake. That was a very sad funeral, because he left a 
wife and five little children — the oldest about ten years 
old, and the baby three months. It was hard for him to 
leave his wife and babies, but his testimony was that he 
was ready to go, and he knew the Lord did all things 
well. 

These parting times are always hard, and they make 
us to realize that we, too, must go some time if the Lord 
doesn't come to take us to be with Himself before long. 
How blessed to be able to say with Paul, "For to me to 
live is Christ, and to die is gain." 



February 5, 1949 



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BOUCA NEWS FLASHES 



By MRS. JOSEPH H. FOSTER 



Dear Friends in the Lord: 

We are taking this means of greeting each and evovy 
one of you in the name of our blessed Lord and Savio-ar, 
"who loved us and gave himself for us," who keeps us, 
undertakes for us in illness, and supplies our every 
need. "Great is His faithfulness." 

We also want to thank all of you for your faithfulness 
in praying for us during the recent illness of my hus- 
band. Surely the Lord has heard and answered your 
prayers to such an extent that what seemed likely to be 
a long-drawn-out illness has disappeared entirely. He 
is now out and at work every day and seems to be in 
better health than at any time since our return to Africa 
last year. His illness seems to have been due to the 
long-drawn-out sufferings caused by the fall he had 
when we arrived in Bangui last year. 

Our Bible conference held in June was a great bless- 
ing. From every corner of the field came reports of 
the blessing of God upon His Word. Souls are contin- 
ually being saved. At Bouca alone there are more than 
two hundred in the converts" class. In the bush village. 
every worker reported new converts. Then. too. there 
seems to be increased interest in learning to read. And 
many who are aide catechists now are making applica- 
tion to enter new points with the Gospel, and to estab- 
lish regular preaching centers. 

On the station the classes continue as usual. The 
children enjoy very much their classrooms that they 
built. The younger ones are making real progress in 
their reading and the older ones in their Bible study. 
We praise the Lord for these interesting youngsters. We 
are especially thankful that we have so many that have 
confessed the Lord as their Saviour, because others are 
now establishing themselves at Bouca who do not teach 
the Truth as it is in Christ Jesus. The children who 
reaUy know the Lord as their Saviour will not easily 
be led astray by other religions. 

We have had unusually heavy rains this year. It 
seems the high water has made the crocodiles more 
active than usual. We had several who have been killed 
outright or mauled by these beasts, while others had 
narrow escapes. At home it seems that most accidents 
are caused by automobiles, but here it seems that croco- 
diles are the cause. 

Several months ago one of our Christian women went 
down to the river with her pa7io to bring the necessary 
water for the preparing of the evening meal, and to 
wash herself and her clothes. She filled her pana with 
water, then stood on a little sand bank where there was 
a log and began to wash her dress. There were some 
children sitting on the bank of the river watching her. 
Suddenly one child called to her and said, "Come 
quickly; look at that big animal." But as she glanced 
around, she saw nothing except another big log in the 
water. So she called back, "It is only a log." She had 
no more than said the words when the "log" came to 
life and quick as a flash knocked her over with his big, 

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strong tail, sunk his sharp teeth into her leg, and 
dragged her away. 

Just at that moment several men happened along, and 
one quickly jumped into the water and landed right on 
the back of the crocodile, but he had no knife or weapon 
of any kind. Thus, just about as soon as he landed, the 
animal slipped out from under him and no more was 
seen of it. The shouting of the men and children soon 
brought a crowd, and all evening and night they walked 
along the bank of the river with torches hoping to get 
a glimpse of the victim. However, they watched in vain, 
for it was not until 4 o'clock the following afternoon 
that her body came to the surface, not far from where 
she had been caught. There was not a mark on the 
victim's body except the teeth marks in the leg. 

Some of the natives carried the body into the village, 
while others began to dig the grave. They never leave 
a body outside, no matter what condition it is in. So 
they put the body into the house that had been her 
home, and immediately everybody packed into the 
house until every conceivable niche was absolutely 
filled. 

As soon as we heard the news of the body having 
been found, we went down to the village, because both 
the husband and his wife were Christians. We tried to 
get into the house to greet the husband and to sympa- 
thize with him, but we got no farther than the door. 
The husband was lying tight up against the corpse, and 
the stench that flew into my face was something inde- 
scribable. Immediately all desire was lost to go inside. 
To go in without a gas mask would have been fatal! 
How all those people could sit there and inhale that 
stench is beyond our comprehension. Yet, if we cook 
sauer kraut and any of them smell it they say. "That is 
the worst stink we ever smelled!" What a difference 
in preferences! Well, instead of making any further 
effort to get into the house, we called the husband out 
and had prayer, and read a portion of Scripture out 
where the air was pure and fresh. 

A few weeks later we were down at the dispensary 
and saw a man sitting there with his leg amputated 
above the ankle. It is unusual to see any amputations 
out here, so we inquired what had happened. He said 
a crocodile had caught him while he was bathing and 
bit his leg "right off." 

The third accident was not a crocodile, but something 
a little more modern. One of the men at the Cotonaf 
(this is a company that gins and bales the cotton for 
export) was cleaning his hat with gasoline, which no 
doubt he had stolen from his master. Quite modern, 
indeed! All went well in the cleaning establishment 
until his wife came along with a torch of fire preparing 
to cook the noon meal. All he knew was a loud noise, 
a flash of fire, and his face enveloped in flames. He was 
a sight to behold! Yet his eyesight did not seem to be 
impaired, which was a miracle indeed. When we in- 
quired what had happened, he said, "That essence surely 
does have strength and talk loud!" Then he added, "It 
was bad enough to be burned, but my boss threatens to 

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have me put in jail when my face heals and that will be 
worse than being burned!" 

Naturally all these contacts in times of sorrow and 
disaster gave us an opportunity to give comfort to those 
who know the Lord and to warn those who are yet in 
their sins. 

Even though this news letter is getting to be quite 
lengthy, we cannot close without thanking the entire 
Brotherhood for the new Dodge cars that you made 
possible with your offerings for the field. Bouca sta- 
tion received one of the latest models. It is not only 
beautiful, but so practical. They are Dodge pick-ups 
with plenty of room. The past two Sundays, Mr. Foster 
has loaded up about a dozen Christians who know how 
to tell forth the "Good News" and has spread them out 
in the different villages where there are no regular 
workers. In this way fifteen services were held the 
first Sunday and twenty-five the past Sunday. 

Now, Brethren, we continue to count on your prayers 
and general interest in the work. We pray that the 
Lord will richly bless the work at home and keep all of 
you faithfully serving Him until He calls us. 

As ever in our Saviour's precious name. 
Bouca, Oubangui-Chari, F. E. Africa. 



MISSIONARY TEXTBOOK 

Every book in the New Testament was written by a 
foreign missionary. Every epistle in the New Testa- 
ment written to a church was written to a foreign mis- 
sionary church. Every letter in the New Testament that 
was written to an individual was written to the convert 
of a foreign missionary. The one book of prophecy in 
the New Testament was written to seven foreign mis- 
sionary churches in Asia. The language of the books in 
the New Testament is the missionary's language. The 
map of the early Christian world is the tracing of the 
early missionary journeys of the apostle. The problems 
which arose in the early church were largely questions 
of missionary procedure. And of the twelve apostles 
chosen by the Lord Jesus, all except one became a 
missionary! — The King's Business. 



LISTEN TO MARSHAL RETAIN 

Marshal Petain declared, after the fall of France, "The 
road along which the Nazi invaders advanced was pre- 
pared and paved by the internal fifth columns of alco- 
holism, irreligion, and immorality." If there are Amer- 
icans who are sober enough to think a sobering thought, 
it will be well to meditate on that one! Now, go back 
and read it again. — Ex. 



HORACE GREELEY'S ADVICE 

Horace Greeley once received a letter from a woman 
stating that her church was in distressing financial 
straits. They had tried every device they could think 
of — fairs, strawberry festivals, oyster suppers, a donkey 
party, turkey banquets, Japanese weddings, poverty 
sociables, mock marriages, grab-bags, box sociables, and 
necktie sociables. "Would Mr. Greeley be so kind as to 
suggest some new device to keep the struggling church 
from disbanding?" The editor replied, "Try religion." 



WILLING TO LISTEN ... BUT 

Thousands of G. I.'s who have come back from the 
ends of the earth with a very sour opinion of most of 
mankind, yet have a good word for the missionary. 
People of nearly all nations today respect the mission- 
ary. They respect him for demonstrated qualities of 
courage, kindness, and practical service. They look to 
him as a vital factor in many of the problems which the 
world knows are serious — problems like world peace, 
race relations, and the battles against destitution, dis- 
ease, and ignorance. All these things are important to 
the missionary; they have all along been, innately, part 
of his life. Yet these things, which the wise and good 
men of this world regard as of first importance, are to 
the missionary incidental. To all talk of human virtues, 
the missionary says, "Not I but God who worketh in 
me." Of all human fears and aspirations the mission- 
ary says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven . . ." 
Christianity, in this serious sense, is hard for the mod- 
ern world to understand. 

Is this, then, the present case: that the Christianity 
of the missionary does not make sense to the modern 
world, but Christian missionaries do? Here, if ever 
there was one, is a sign of the times. It points to an 
urgent and challenging situation. It suggests that we 
are approaching one of the greatest turning points in 
Christian history: a time, now, when nearly the whole 
vast world of humanity, like the little Gi-eek world of 
St. Paul's day, is willing to listen, being chai-med by the 
Christian spirit, but yet may turn away because the 
fundamentals of Christianity are, again as always, fool- 
ishness to the wise and a stumbling block to the proud. 
— Henry Lxice, publisher, "Time," "Life," "Fortune." 



THE MISSIONARY'S PRIVILEGE 

(II Cor. 4:7-10; 6:3-11) 

In speaking of missionaries I note the phrase, "a spe- 
cial privileged group," in print a few times of late. Aye, 
surely, we are privileged to be on call to all sorts and 
conditions of men for twenty-four hours of each day; 
to be ready to lend an ear to the troubles, hardships, 
and injustices experienced by a multitude of people in 
a land where equity, justice, and righteousness are too 
often unknown; to lend a helping hand in season and 
out of season to those in distress and poverty; to be 
ready at all times of day or night to go to the aid of the 
sick; to stand by in the time of epidemic; to travel in all 
sorts of weather on all sorts of roads and where there 
are no roads; to stand between the underprivileged and 
the wealthy and proud; to be forgotten by the former 
and esteemed the oflfscouring of the earth by the latter; 
to be father, mother, and exchequer to every poor boy 
and girl seeking an education; to pray with the contrite 
and for the sinning; to plead with the erring and at the 
same time to be the butt of their contempt; to travel 
third class on the railway, or hang on by one hand to 
the buses; to jolt over the rocks in a bullock cart and 
to sleep — if that is possible — in a little mud school; to 
preach the glorious Gospel of salvation. Yes I agree, 
Paul was privileged! We are privileged! 

— A. D. Matheson in "The Enterprise." 



February 5, 7949 



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WHAT ARE THEY DOING? 



By RUSSELL D. BARNARD 



The ALTIGS — I think I have never known more en- 
thusiastic and energetic missionary spirits. There have 
been tremendous obstacles in the opening of the new 
work in Brazil, and yet the Lord has honored the effort 
of the Altigs until they now have sailing for February 
25th and passports and visas have been received. 

BALZERS now have two houses in Africa standing 
to their credit. Many people have heard the Gospel and 
been taught by their ministry. They have been wit- 
nesses as well as builders. The house at Bekoro is 
completed. The house in Mbaiki is almost completed, 
and they are now at Bozoum laying the foundations, 
and ready to build the new Central Bible School resi- 
dences and buildings. 

BEAVERS have been in California for the winter but 
w'ill be returning to Winona about the 25th of January. 
Following that they will do deputation work here in 
the east until the final decision is made as to the time 
of their sailing. 

MISS BICKEL is certainly very busy in the dispen- 
sary work at Bellevue (Africa) caring for about 125 
patients per day. In addition to this she works in the 
teaching of Bible classes. Miss Bickel's plea always is. 
"Please send us inore nurses."' 

MISS BYRON is just as busy as she can be with her 
Normal School work at Bassai (Africa), that is. teaching 
teachers how to teach. She has a practice school of 
quite a large group of boys and girls. Recently quite a 
large number of these boys and girls accepted Christ. 
Of course, her plea is, "Send us more people to teach 
the boys and girls." 

The DOWDYS in Argentina have been very busy in 
the pastoral work, in house-to-house visitation, and in 
the work of the Bible Institute. In his last letter, he 
says, "We are very happy to know that there are appli- 
cants for this field and trust that the Lord will soon 
get them here." 

The DUNNINGS must certainly be busy in the new 
field at Boda and Mbaiki (Africa). The letter written 
January 1st says that he had just baptized eleven folk 
at Boda and had a communion with forty-six present. 
It was a day of great rejoicing. He also says that they 
are moving to Mbaiki the second week in January. 
They will be able to move into the new house, although 
there is about a month's work yet to be done upon it. 

The FOSTERS (Africa)— In spite of physical handi- 
caps, they are looking forward to spending a great deal 
■ of the dry season visiting among the chapels out in |-he 
bush. They say, "The opposition of the adversary is 
almost more than we can endure at times." They re- 
port that the same old woman that set fire in the bush 
a year ago and burned' the chapel, set fire in the bush 
again, but this year none of the buildings were de- 
stroyed. 

The GOODMANS (Africa)— For these dear folk it 
can truly be said — Sunshine avd Shadow. The Sun- 
shine came when, on the 27th of October, the little girl. 



Anne, came to live in their home. The Shadow is that 
just a week before the Field Council meeting, Mrs. 
Goodman fell and broke her knee cap. In a recent 
letter, speaking of the Goodmans, Miss Tyson said, "I 
surely have admired them, the way they went into that 
new work, willing to start from nothing." We are t'-c- 
mendously proud of all of our missionaries. 

BRO. JACK GREEN has not been able physically as 
yet to begin the new work in Lower California. Pray 
that the Lord will miraculously restore Jack to his good 
health again. 

The HAMILTONS (Africa)— A letter written Decem- 
ber 30th said they were getting things out of the way 
ready to leave for a few days of vacation, going up 
through the north country and visiting some other mis- 
sions, and that Miss Tyson and Miss Byron were going 
with them. How happy we are that our missionaries 
can get a little vacation away from the heavy respon- 
sibilities of the station. 

The HILLS (Africa) — Brother Hill has been tremen- 
dously busy out in the bush work and the teaching of 
the classes. With respect to little Elizabeth Anne he 
says, "Baby is coming along fine. Walking now. and 
has twelve teeth." 

SOLON HOYTS (Argentina)— This is the season of 
tent meetings and Bible Coach work and this with the 
teaching of classes keeps them very busy. 

The JOBSONS (Africa) have just completed the vis- 
itation of the field and the most recent letter from 
Brother Jobson tells of the commencement exercises of 
the Central Bible School. We are waiting now for a 
complete report of this great event from Brother Wil- 
liams. 

MRS. KENNEDY (Africa) has just completed the 
translation of the Gospel of Mark and is now going out 
to the villages and reading it to the older people to see 
how well they will understand it. Certainly this must 
be pioneer missionary work. 

MISS KENT (Africa) speaks of the progress that .she 
is making in the Gbea language. She says, "I am able 
to say that they could not 'sell me' on Gbea now. I can 
understand it better than speak it, but I suppose that is 
because I don't practice enough. Florence, Marie, and 
I have classes most every afternoon." 

KLIEVERS (Africa) have been especially busy be- 
cause of the character of their field. So much of the bush 
visitation must be crowded into one season. Brother 
Kliever says that he just arrived home after walking 
about 120 miles in village visitation. He had one of the 
most thrilling experiences in all of his life, the con- 
version of an old woman, the mother of a chief. He 
promises soon to write the story. 

The MACONAGHYS (Argentina) have really been 
"tent meeting" folks in the time just past. They have 
had three great tent meetings in the Corral de Bustos 
area. They report great blessings. We hope to soon 
have a complete report. 

MISS MISHLER (Africa) has been in a program of 



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teaching among the girls and wives of the Central Bible 
School students. 

Apparently MISS MYERS just couldn't be happier 
than she is, up in the pioneer field in Panaland in the 
work of translation and in the work of teaching. 

MISS JOHANNA NIELSEN (Argentina) has just 
reported concerning a whole catalogue of interesting 
things. Concluding concerning all of it she has said, 
"There is a very fine spirit among the whole family of 
workers and I think everyone is happy in his work, 
and really working hard." 

BRO. LYNN SCHROCK (Argentina) as the chairman 
of the Field Council, has been kept busy keeping the 
General Secretary informed recently. Letters have 
traveled thick and fast. I am thrilled by the reports 
of the accomplishments. 

The SHELDONS (Africa) are still in California and 
will remain there until the end of the school year, when 
they will come for work in the east before returning to 
the field. 

THE SICKELS (Argentina) are also in Cahfornia. 
visiting with relatives and friends. They will return to 
the east about the first of April and will spend the 
summer season in deputation work. They will plan to 
return to Argentina iinmediately following the National 
Conference. 

MISS RUTH SNYDER, with her usual good humor, 
reports the great number of activities connected with 
eettine readv to return to the field in Africa. She will 
be ready to retui'n possibly about the time that you 
read this. She is in excellent health again. 

DOCTOR AND MRS. TABER don't have very much 
to do, poor folk. Mrs. Taber is responsible for the ver- 
nacular school work besides general Bible teaching. 
Dr. Taber in addition to being our only medical doctor- 
on the field in Africa, also is the missionary pastor of 
a very large area. In reviewing the Yaloke field. Dr. 
Taber says in his uniquely characteristic way, "As to 
the general outlook in the Yaloke area, there are evi- 
dent signs that both the Lord and the devil are on the 
job. If you want to know which is winning, you hcve 
to look elsewhere than at the signs, but we have a sure 
word of prophecy; praise the Lord for that." 

MISS ELIZABETH TYSON (Africa) in her Decem- 
ber 12th letter quotes from a quarterly medical report 
that she had 1,108 patients receiving 10,960 treatments 
and among these treatments there were 1,115 injections. 
Her plea is added to those of others, "Please send us 
more nurses." 

The WILLIAMSES (Africa) have just completed a 
very successful year at the Central Bible School. Now 
they will be spending time until the school begins again 
in the visitation in the Bellevue district. Brother Wil- 
liams is not only responsible for Central Bible School 
in the absence of the Beavers, but he is responsible for 
the Bellevue district in the absence of the Sheldons. 

THE NEW MISSIONARY CANDIDATES who are in 
the last months of their school training are giving a good 
account of themselves. I believe each one is anxious to 
leave for the field at the earliest possible time. There 
are health problems in two or three cases — pray espe- 
cially for Mrs. Sumey and for Miss Bertha Abel, that 
health problems will be cleared away, that they may 
serve where they so greatly desire to spend their lives. 



AN HOUR WITH THEE 

My heart is tired, so tired tonight — 

How endless seems the strife! 
Day after day the restlessness 

Of all this weary life; 
I come to lay the burden down 

That so oppresseth me. 
And, shutting all the world without, 

To spend an hour with Thee, 
Dear Lord, 

To spend an hour with Thee! 

I would forget a little while 

The bitterness of fears, 
The anxious thoughts that crowd my life, 

The buried hopes of years; 
Forget that mortal's weary toil 

My patient care must be. 
A tired child, I come tonight. 

To spend an hour with Thee, 
Dear Lord, 

To spend an hour with Thee! 

A foolish, wayward child, I know — 

So often wandering; 
A weak, complaining child — but O, 

Forgive my murmuring: 
And fold me to Thy breast. 

Thou who hast died for me. 
And let me feel 'tis peace to rest 

A little hour with Thee, 
Dear Lord, 

One little hour with Thee! 

— The British Weekly. 



PRACTICAL THEOLOGY 

To a scoffer who asked how any man could know that 
there is a God, a cutlery manufacturer replied that no 
atheist can provide a reasonable explanation of the 
universe apart from God. Said he, "It takes a girl in 
our factory about two days to learn to put the seven- 
teen parts of a meat chopper together. It may be that 
these million worlds, all balanced so wonderfully in 
space — it may be that they just happened. It may be 
that by a billion years of tumbling about by themselves 
they finally arranged themselves in order. I don't 
know. I'm merely a manufacturer of cutlery. But this 
I know: you can shake the seventeen parts of a meat 
chopper around in a washtub for the next seventeen 
million years, and you'll never make a meat chopper." 

It is the fool, and not the wise man, who says in his 
heart that there is no God (Psa. 14:1). — From "Essex." 



NOT MUCH TO SEE 

An artist who wanted a home among the Taconic hills 
of Vermont was talking the matter over with a farmer 
who allowed that he had a house for sale. 

"I must have a good view," said the artist. "Is there 
a good view? " 

"Well," drawled the farmer, "from the front porch yuh 
kin see Ed Snow's barn, but beyond that there ain't 
nothin' but a bunch of mountains." — Wisconsin Tele- 
phone Nevjs. 



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AL BALZER, in a letter to the General Secretary, 
written at Bozoum, F. E. Africa, on January 1st, informs 
us that he is now at Bozoum, ready to begin operations 
on the building of the home for the Central Bible School. 
We quote: "The work is well under way here with 
about 55,000 brick made, and have about 800 stone cut. 
We pulled in here Monday and are all set up and like it 
better than any other place we have had. We are look- 
ing forward to a lot of work and blessed time here at 
Bozoum. Brother Jobson probably has already written 
you that when the school is finished, we are coming 
home. This will most likely be about a year from now. 

"By the report enclosed you will probably have no- 
ticed that the cost of the Mbaiki house is going to run 
quite high. It will crowd us quite a bit to get by with 
the $1,900. My guess is that it is going to cost more 
here than there, even if the wages are not as high. 

"We had a great time at Conference. Enjoyed a lot 
the fellowship of all our friends here. We also had a 
wonderful time around the Word. If only we could 
contain it all. 

"In my next letter I will try and send you the ground 
plans for the school here. The total footage of all the 
buildings that go here is just a little over 10,000 square 
feet. It will take something like 230,000 brick to build 
the set-up here. In America this would cost something 
like $100,000.00, right? We hope to get by with $6,000.00, 
or at the most $7,000.00. 

"Elsie is fine and happy. Last night was our wedding 
anniversary and today is her birthday." 

DR. JOBSON, in a letter to the General Secretary, 
written on New Year's Day in Africa, says in part: "New 
Year's Day. Conference is over. Before Conference 
convened on Tuesday, the 14th of December, Marvin 
and Dorothy pulled in at 2 a. m. on their way to Bangui 
to have Dorothy's knee cap operated on. She fell on 
Sunday, the 12th, breaking the knee cap. We got tlie 
Fourgonnette ready, and after a visit from the doctor 
here at Bozoum, they left Monday a. m. at 11 o'clock. 
Conference was one of our best. The Lord's Spirit was 
present, and the feeling between us was one of mani- 
fest unity. 

"Wednesday morning Bob and I left for Gouze for a 
trip that was planned several weeks before Conference, 
to give out the cards for the New Year as well as verse 
booklets, calendars, new offering books, and choose stu- 
dents for 1949 Centi'al Bible School and Bassai Junior 
Bible School, as well as placing the workers that grad- 
uated this past year. We returned to Bassai and Bo- 
zoum on the 30th, tired and almost down with colds and 
thi-oat infection. But there are too many things to do 
to go to bed, and so we kept it up yesterday, getting 
money for Al to pay the men at the Bible School site, 
paying our own men. hauling water for over New Year's 
and Sunday, so the men would not have to work, enter- 
taining the Kouznetsoffs, who have just returned from 




"THE HOUSE THAT AL BUILT"— Jobson 

The beautiful new brick residence at Bekoro (Africa), 
just completed by Bro. Albert Balzer, and now occu- 
pied by the Klievers. The house built for the Dun- 
nings at Mbaiki is almost an exact duplicate of this. 



furlough, visiting the two Administrators [French Ad- 
ministrators — R.D.B.] concerning workmen for the Cen- 
tral Bible School building work and finally reading the 
mail and keeping both children in the evening while the 
Williamses went out to the Bible School site to have the 
evening meal with the Balzers on the Balzers' 13th wed- 
ding anniversary. 

"There are two things that I do want to get off to 
you that is, two items of information. First, the Tiayton 
women's conference equipment. I mentioned this 
shipment in a letter of March 29th. but did not specify 
the Dayton dishes, etc. They are here, have been for 
months, and we used the things at Conference. There 
was quite a little bit of breakage, but the things filled 
the whole of needs for this year, and the entertainment 
committee asks that we express to you our sincere ap- 
preciation for this much-needed equipment, and that 
you pass their thanks on to the Dayton people. 

"The other item is the addresses for the new year. 
They remain the same. The only change will be Beav- 
ers to Njoro from the time they arrive until Conference, 
1949. This was felt to be better than break into the 
term of school that Williamses will have almost com- 
pleted by the time Wayne arrives. So Williamses will 
bring the school to its close for 1949 at Bellevue. and 
Beavers will open it at Bozoum in 1950. 

"A letter from Marvin and Dorothy says that Doi-- 
othy has not had her feet on the floor since the accident. 
The next visit of the doctor is on January 4th. They 
do not expect definite release then. Pray that she may 
be completely restored, and have free use of the limb 
again for the care of her little ones and her missionary 
work." 



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PRAYER POINTERS 



Mrs. A. B. Kidder, W. M. C. National Prayer Chairman 



'Pray Without Ceasing' 



Did you make a New Year resolution to be more 
faithful in prayer? And have you kept it? The year 
is still young. 

We prayed early and late in '48: 

God answered those prayers, yours and mine. 
The duty's still ours, we must not abate, 

But be faithful throughout '49. 

POINTED PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

1. Pray for all our missionary candidates; for some 
where health problems stand in the way; and for all of 
them as they complete the school year, as they assem- 
ble outfits, and as further language preparation is un- 
dertaken. 

2. Pray for missionaries out in the fields as they 
carry tremendous burdens which can only be relieved 
as missionaries on furlough return, or as new recruits 
arrive on the field. 

3. Pray for missionaries in the homeland in deputa- 
tion work and in study, and especially for Miss Ruth 
Snyder as she will probably return to the field in 
Februai-y. 

4. Pray for special wisdom in the opening of the new 
fields in Brazil and Lower California, that the govern- 
ment may respond favorably and that the missionaries 
may make correct preparation and planning through 
these uncharted challenges. 

5. Pray for your Foreign Board as it will convene in 
the midyear meeting at Winona Lake on February 14th. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that the new church building at Juniata 
might progress and that the necessary funds will be 
provided to complete it. 

2. Pray for Brother Button as he begins intensive 
training foi' his work among the Jews. 

3. Pray for rapid construction of the new building 
at Chico, Calif. 

4. Pray for the work among Spanish-speaking people 
in New Mexico; for the services at Albuquerque, Taos, 
and Arroyo Hondo. Praise the Lord for the soxils that 
have been saved. 

5. Pray that Brethren mission fields might be opened 
in Wichita, Kan.: Denver, Colo.; and Phoenix, Ariz., 
where there are great needs. 

GOSPEL TRUTH RADIO— 

1. Pray that the radio deficit will be cared for 
through the recent appeal to the churches. 

2. Pray for the new Gospel Truth broadcast over the 
station at Kittanning, Pa., which is supported by the 
First Brethren Church there. 

GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY— 

1. Give thanks to God for the unity in Christ which 
the Seminary has richly enjoyed, and pray that this 



unity in faith and action may continue unbroken until 
the Lord comes. 

2. Give thanks for the Blessed Hope set before us, 
and pray that all who share in the ministry of Grace 
Seminary may be faithful so that we shall not be 
ashamed before Him at His coming. 

3. Give thanks for the ministry of intercession, and 
pray that God's promised blessing may be upon all who 
continue steadfast in suppHcation for the students and 
faculty of the Seminary. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD COMPANY— 

1. Pray for the early dehvery of the new Linotype 
machine, and that funds will be available to pay for it 
when delivered. 

2. Pray for an adequate Brethren Sunday school 
literature for our children. 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL— 

1. Pray that our women may continue steadfast and 
abounding in the work of the Lord. 

2. For all the district rallies, that they may bring 
new inspiration and uplift to our women. 

3. That our spiritual objectives — personal evange- 
lism, visitation, and the family altar — may show great 
gains this year. 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY AND MARTHA— 

1. Pray for the local patronesses. 

2. That more women will see the duty and privilege 
of being patronesses. 

3. Pray for the local officers. 

BRETHREN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for the Youth Director as he journeys to the 
Northwest, visiting the churches and schools there. 

2. For the development of the summer Gospel team 
program, in which Brethren students will make up a 
number of Gospel teams to aid our churches in D.V.B.S. 
and evangelistic services. 

3. For the new Brethren students who have entered 
college, Bible institute, or seminary this February, that 
they may get the swing of their studies. 

BRETHREN LAYMEN'S FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for yourself. Ask God to give you a burden 
for the man that lives next door, the man that daily 
works near you, for the husband of that sister in Christ 
who is so regular at the meetings of your local church 
but he seldom comes. Ask for opportunity to call on 
him. 

2. For instruction and help in establishing family 
altars in every home in your church. 

3. That financial needs of N. L. F. will be supplied. 
Student aid has been given out, but practically no 
offerings received. 



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Hews ikic^ 

Rev. Lewis H. Hohenstein, senior 
in Grace Seminary, from Dayton, 
Ohio, has accepted a call to become 
pastor of the church in Waterloo, 
Iowa. 

Rev. Lowell Hoyt reports from 
Leamersville, Pa., that on Jan. 16 
they had a record attendance for a 
regular service, with 116 present. 
Rev. Miles Taber will hold a brief 
Bible conference in this church Feb. 
13-15. 

Mrs. William H. Schajfer, Sr., of 
Allentown, Pa., died Jan. 17. She 
was the mother of Rev. William H. 
Schaffer, Jr., pastor at Spokane. 
Wash. 

Rev. Meredith Halpin, from Long 
Beach, who has just finished his work 
in Grace Seminary, has accepted a 
call to become pastor of the church 
in Sharpsville, Ind. 

Miss Louise Kimmell, child evan- 
gelism worker in Fort Wayne, has 
moved to 1481/2 E. Leith St., Fort 
Wayne 5, Ind. 

Rev. and Mrs. J. Keith Altig and 
family plan to leave Los Angeles on 
the morning of Feb. 15 to begin their 
journey to the new mission field in 
Brazil. They e.xpect to sail from 
New York about Feb. 25. 

Annual reports from the Noith 
Riverdale church, Dayton, Ohio, in- 
dicate the Lord's blessing on the 
work there. The church has re- 
ceived 38 new members during the 
year, with a net gain of 30, bringing 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. . -Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Baumnn 

1369 Potomac Ave. S. E . W.-ishington 3. DC. 

W. M- C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M M Miss Ruth Rinsler 

R. F D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown. Pa 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind 

Grace Seminnrv Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mives 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Vnulh R-nlnh Cn'bum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hncker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



the present membership to 167. 
Average morning attendance during 
the last quarter was 173, and in the 
evening it was 115. This represents 
an attendance gain of 35 over the 
previous year. Total income of the 
church for the year was $19,415.22, 
an increase of about $5,000 over 
1947. The building debt has been 
reduced to $3,760. 

The Johnstown, Pa., church re- 
ceived 41 new members during last 
year. Sunday school attendance for 
the last quarter showed a weekly 
increase of 33 over the previous 
year. Foreign and Home missionary 
offerings increased 16 per cent and 
13 per cent, respectively. Rev. John 
M. Aeby began revival meetings at 
this church Jan. 24. 

The congregation of the First 
Church, Dayton, Ohio, at a recent 
business meeting voted not to ac- 
cept the resignation of Pastor Orville 
Lorenz. 

The church at Bellflower, Calij., 
has completed its Bible school build- 
ing with the exception of a few 
minor details. Because of the great 
amount of donated labor, the cost 
was kept down to $10,000. 

A laymen's fellowship supper was 
held in Leeshurg, Ind., Jan. 14, with 
27 laymen present from Leesburg. 
Winona Lake, and Sidney. After 
supper Bro. F. B. Miller led the 
meeting in an informal testimony 
service. The theme of the meeting 
was "The Layman's Part in Soul- 
Winning." 

Rev. R. L Humherd recently lec- 
tured to students in Taylor Univer- 
sity. He also held a Bible confer- 
ence at the Cadle Tabernacle in In- 
dianapolis. The Tabernacle radio 
program used 1,600 copies of Brother 
Humberd's book, "The Virgin Birth." 

Mrs. Albert Kliewer reports from 
Taos. N. Mex., "We had 275 at the 
Christmas program; then 55 of us 
went caroling . . . Elaine Polman is 
a blessing here." 

Rev. Elmer Fricke. Brethren mis- 
sionai-y in India, writes, "For 21 
years there were no converts here 
in Kalyandrug. Now three 5'oung 
men have accepted Christ." 

From Third Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., "Those who stayed home from 
prayer meeting because of the rain 
last Wednesday missed the showers 
of blessing enjoyed by 26. A young 
married couple made a public de- 
cision for the Lord." 



The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Circulation 

Now 7,089 

A year ago 6,683 

Two years ago 5,487 

Three years ago 5.016 



At Roanoke, Va., the cash offering 
received Jan. 2 for the American 
Board of Missions to th e Jews 
amounted to $587.04. 

Rev. R. Paul Miller will be the 
evangelist at Yakima, Wash., begin- 
ning Feb. 7. Jimmy Stewart was a 
recent speaker at the church there. 

The West Tenth Street basketball 
team at Ashland, Ohio, are leading 
their league, following six straight 
victories. They have prayer on the 
court before every game. The 
Wheaton College basketball team 
held a gospel team service in the 
Ashland church, Jan. 30. 

Miss Lois DeBoest, former edi- 
torial secretary at the Missionai-y 
Herald office, was married Dec. 28 
to Walter Heimberger. They are 
now living in Adel, Iowa. 

The Dallas Center, Iowa, church 
received 46 new members during 
the past two years. 35 of them by 
baptism. Total offerings at the 
church have more than doubled in 
the last year. A men's brotherhood 
is being organized, as well as a boys' 
brigade. A new constitution has 
been adopted by the church, and it 
is being printed with a brief history 
of the congregation. Rev. Eddie 
Wagner led the church in evange- 
listic meetings in December. The 
church is more than 100 per cent in 
Herald subscriptions, also sending 
the magazine to a number of pros- 
pects — 81 families in all. 

The church at Martinshurg, Pa., 
has unanimously approved a re- 
modeling program which includes 
the following: digging out the rest 
of the basement, installing a new 
oil-burning steam furnace, and re- 
modeling the basement into class- 
rooms with soundproof partitions. 
The continued growth of the Sun- 
day school inakes these improve- 
ments necessary. 

Rev. Mark Malles has been granted 
a two-weeks leave of absence by 

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EVANGELISM 




EVANGELISM TODAY IS A RACE AGAINST TIME! 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 



We know that at the very first 
suggestion of haste in our efTorts to 
reach men for Christ, there are 
some who characteristically react 
unfavorably. They assume the atti- 
tude of "What's your hurry? No 
reason to get excited about any- 
thing. Be calm and deliberate; 
there's plenty of time." 

When a house catches fire, the 
fire trucks pour out of the stations, 
the sirens shriek their warnings, the 
police turn traffic to the curbs. 
Everything is sidetracked for the 
fire apparatus to get to that fire at 
breakneck speed to put the fire out. 
When an accident occurs and some- 
one is hurt, the ambulance races to 
the scene with siren screaming, to 
get the injured body to the hospital. 

But when some poor soul is being 
done to death by sin, and some lech- 
erous characters are dragging him to 
hell, scores of church micmbers do 
nothing at all themselves to help 
him, but stand around and make 
slighting remarks about the earnest 
soul-winner who hurries over to 
lead him to Christ. The soul-winner 
is too excitable, he is hvoer-emo- 
tional, he is Pentecostal. If we know 
anything about the Protestant church 
today there is nothing that is more 
needed than some of the spirit and 
power of Pentecost. We need a good 
dose of emotion that will set these 
intellectually cold heads and hearts 
of ours afire with love and concern 
for lost men, an emotion that won't 
let us sit in smug coinplacence while 
a world of pitiably lost men and 
women and young people drift right 
by the doors of our half-empty 
churches to sink into eternal hell. 

Today, with the sun of time setting 
on this age of men, with the return 
of Christ drawing on apace, and with 
the stern developments among men 
fulfilling the signs of the Word of 
God, many hearts are unstirred by 
it all, and make light of any need 
for haste. Peter said that such an 
attitude was a sure sign that time 
is getting short. "Knowing this first, 
that there shall come in the last davs 



scoffers, walking after their o w n 
lusts, and saying. Where is the prom- 
ise of his coming? for since the 
fathers fell asleep, all things con- 
tinue as they were from the begin- 
ning . . ." (II Pet. 3:3, 4). 

The attitude that there is no need 
for alarm, that "things have contin- 
ued in the past, and they will con- 
tinue in the future" is widespread. 
But the facts are, that things have 
not continued in the past as they 
were from the beginning. God 
called a halt for the entire woi'ld 
because of sin, with a flood. He 
called a halt on Sodom and G'>- 
morrah. And He will call a hiilt 
again, not with water, but with fir-:-. 

"But the heavens and the earth, 
which are now . . . are . . . reserved 
unto fire against the day of judg- 
mt t pnd perdition of ungodly men" 
(vs. ■(). 

This seventh verse has been a 
favorite point of attack for skeptics 
of the Word of God. They have 
scoffed, "How can you burn dirt, 
and rocks, and stars?" You see, 
they had in mind but one kind of 
fire. Today we know that there is 
another kind of fire. It is known as 
p.tomic fire, or "nuclear fission." It 
is evidently the kind of fire that God 
uses in judgment. It is fire that does 
not leave ashes and carbonic gas as 
residue as ordinary fire does. Atomic 
fire releases the energy of God 
bound up in the atom and when 
this process is done, nothing is left. 
All that ve know as "matter" is 
simply the congealed energy of God. 
The scientists now know that Peter 
was right. They know that dirt can 
burn. The earth can be burned up. 
The creation can pass away and be 
no more, as Peter tells us. All God 
needs to do is simply to reverse His 
command, release the atom, and it 
is over. 

The very appearance in the world 
of "atomic fission" indicates that 
Satan is playing his trump card in 
bringing it forth at this time. Not 
that Satan may bring about the dis- 
solution of this material world. God 



alone can do that. But Satan would 
if he could. He is destined to play 
with mighty powers as the end of 
the age draws on (Rev. 13:13). All 
this clearly indicates that the time 
of the end is drawing near, much 
nearer than most of as suspect. 

Why did Pet.er reveal this awful 
facf Verse 11 declares it. It forms 
a tremendous evangelistic appeal. 
"See'-'.g then that all these things 
^n-iil be dissolved, what manner of 
yersons ought ye to he in all holy 
conversation and godliness." 

The force of this great fact, that 
the means by which this physical 
universe can be completely dis- 
solved has n o w appeared in t li e 
world, is sufficient to put the drive 
in every true servant of Christ to 
redouble his efforts to win the lost. 
This great fact sternly warns us that 
the sun of God's time is setting for 
us all. The soul-winner's work 
must be completed before this world 
of things can go. It is a race against 
time! 

The inspired apostle assembled in 
this mighty prophecy a most power- 
ful incentive to evangelism, to pas- 
sionate soul-winning. Men must be 
made to know that this state of 
things is ready jor the end. If ever 
men needed to get right with God 
it is now. If ever a lot of empty- 
handed Christians needed to get 
down on repentant knees and square 
up with God, and then go out and 
try to make up for lost time in win- 
ning souls, it is now. 

On last May 15th the most sig- 
nificant prophetic fulfillment in 1,900 
years came to pass. It was the birth- 
day of the first organized Jewish 
nation in 2,500 years. Many proph- 
ecies indicating the close of this age 
have been marvelously fulfilled dur- 
ing the last few years. But there 
has always been lacking one basic 
requirement — no organized Jewish 
nation. There has been no Jewish 
nation to deal with Antichrist when 
he appears (Dan. 9:27). There has 

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YOUTH PAGE^ 



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WHAT WOULD YOU DO? 



If you were in a strange city, 
where you knew no one, and no one 
knew you, and you had a chance to 
do some things or go some places 
your curiosity tempted you to, but 
your conscience kept you from, what 
would you do? 

It seems like a great number of 
Christian young people would go 
right ahead and do the things 
against which their conscience 
warned them. That was true with too 
many of the fellows who went into 
the service. And it's been true of 
many of the fellows and girls who 
go away from home into a strange 
city. 

We might well ask ourselves why 
this is true. It seems to me that it 
springs from two things. First, our 
own relationship with the Lord is 
not what it ought to be. If we really 
believe His words, "Lo, I am with 
you alway," we would not allow 
temptation to win over us in any 
circumstance. And second, we've 
swallowed too much of the world's 
philosophy about sin, that "it isn't 
really so bad unless you get caught 
in it." 

Sin is still sin whether we are 
caught in it, or seem to get away 
with it. For no one really gets away 
with sin. God sees it, and is giieved 
by it, especially when He sees it in 
those of us who profess to be His 
children. What Christian youth 
needs today is an awareness of what 
the Bible teaches about sin. We 
need some of the old-fashioned fear 
of God in our hearts. In a world in 
which moral standards have hit the 
skids, and in which right and wrong 
are purely relative things, we need 
to be reminded of God's never- 
changing standards of right and 
wrong and morality and righteous- 
ness. It is hard not to be adversely 
affected by these changing stand- 
ards of the world, but it can be 
done. 

How? First of all, our own faith 
and convictions need to be strength- 
ened. And that must come by the 
Word of God. The faithful, fervent 



reading of God's Word is one of the 
best antidotes for sin that I kncv 
Then we need to realize that the 
Spirit of God is always with us. He 
dwells in us, our bodies are His 
temples. We must not defile them. 
The consciousness of His indwelling 
pres;ence ought to keep us from sin. 
And the fact of judgment ought to 
cause us to do some thinking, too. 
Yes. we Christians shall be judged 
too, for the things we have done, 
and have failed to do. This judg- 
ment will not affect our salvation, 
but it will affect our reward. We'll 
iiave to give an account even of our 
idle words and thoughts, as well as 
deeds. I'd hate to stand before the 
Saviour who has done so much for 
me in utter shame, wouldn't you? 

So remember, the next time you're 
tempted to do something your bet- 
ter judgment and training tell you 
not to do, the Spirit of God within 
you will not be pleased at your sin. 
And Christ, looking down from 
heaven, will have to record that deed 
as one to be judged. You'll be a 
better fellow, a better girl, and a 
finer child of God, for having said 
"no" to temptation. It may cost vou 
some ridicule from the world. You 
may be considered a "back number" 
by some of your friends. But you'll 
be considered a winner by God. And 
that's most important. 



A MILLION FOR WORLD GOVERN- 
MENT 

Mrs. Anita McCormick Blaine, 
daughter of Cyrus McCormick, has 
donated one million dollars to found 
a new global organization known as 
the Foundation for World Govern- 
ment, with headquarters in New 
York City. 

Henry Wallace is one of those who 
will have a great deal to say about 
the program of the new Foundation. 
— United Evangelical Action. 



NEWS NOTES 

The young people of the Vicks- 
burg Brethren Church recently or- 
ganized a B. Y. F.. and since they 
have only a part-time pastor, and 
no Sunday evening services, they 
arrange their meeting to be a good 
substitute for the Sunday night 
service. Interest and attendance 
have been good. They are currently 
paying for a weekly church advei'- 
tisement in the paper, and arrang- 
ing for a beautiful painting for the 
front of the church. Officers include 
Gerald Weight, Homer Miller, John 
Miller, Shirley Delozier, and Peggy 
Greenleaf. Advisors are Mrs. Ma- 
rita Dively and Mrs. Elwood Clay- 
comb. 

A week of meetings were held by 
the National Youth Director in La 
"Verne, Calif., recently. Although 
snow (yes, real snow, in Califor- 
nia!), rain, and smudge cut the at- 
tendance, a spiritually profitable 
time was enjoyed. A banquet on 
Friday night, enjoyed by nearly 40 
young people was a highlight of the 
meeting. This church has 11 young 
people away in college and sem- 
inary, the majority of whom are 
preparing for full-time Christian 
service. 

Has your group done anything in- 
teresting lately? Then send in the 
news (while it's still news, and not 
history) to Ralph Colburn, 209 E. 
Cedar St., Compton, Cahf. I'll be 
at this address till March 5. 



The Gospel Truth is being broad- 
cast from Kittanning, Pa., each Fri- 
day morning at 8:00. 



HERE'S AN IDEA! 

Yes, here's a whole book full of 
them! It's a new book, with 140 
ideas, most of them usable by your 
B. Y. F. or C. E. Title? "Ideas for 
Young People's Programs." by Ken 
Anderson and Morry Carlson. Price? 
60 cents, from your nearby Chris- 
tian book store, or the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co. We believe 
it to be a good investment for your 
B. Y. F. or C. E., if, when you get 
it, you use some of the ideas! 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




PHILLIP J. SIMMONS 



One of the dividends of Home Mis- 
sion work is the fine type of leader- 
ship that is developed in these new- 
churches. Rev. Phillip J. Simmons, 
pastor of the mission church at Ju- 
niata, Altoona, Pa., is himself a 
product of Home Missions. His call 
to the ministry came as a result of 
the work of Rev. Herman W. Koontz 
and Rev. Bernard N. Schneider at 
Covington, Va. Brother Koontz 
taught a Bible class there, and 
Brother Schneider later became pas- 
tor of the young church. 

Brother Simmons was born June 
29, 1914, near Covington, Va., and 
was reared as the only son on a 
Virginia mountain farm. Being 
taught his need of Christ in the 
home, he readily confessed his faith 
at an old-fashioned Methodist evan- 
gelistic meeting when he was 12 
years old. He was baptized by John 
S. Bowman, a Brethren lay preach- 
er, in Potts Creek, near Covington 
in December. He recalls that the 
temperature was near freezing, that 
he rode a half mile in an open car 
following the baptismal service, and 
that he then dressed in a cold room. 

Brother Simmons received his 



training for the ministry in Ashland 
College, Moody Bible Institute, and 
Grace Seminary, graduating from 
the latter school in 1941. At Moody 
he was active in the men's Gospel 
team, and at Grace he was student 




REV. PHILLIP J. SIMMONS 

body president. He was ordained to 
the ministry in connection with the 
commencement exercises of the 
seminary. 

Further preparation for his min- 
istry to the spiritual needs of men 
came in secular employment. For 
three years he worked as a skilled 
laborer in a paper mill at Coving- 
ton, where he gained the laboring 



man's viewpoint. During two sum- 
mers he traveled in Virginia as a 
supervisor of A. A. A. Previous to 
this he had been state president of 
the 4-H Clubs, and represented his 
group at the national convention of 
the organization in Washington, D.C. 

His first pastorate was at Fremont, 
Ohio, where the church was organ- 
ized under his ministry, and in less 
than three years the Sunday school 
was averaging more than a hundred 
in attendance. In 1942 he accepted 
a call to become the first full-time 
pastor at Listie, Pa., remaining there 
for four years. Since that time he 
has been pastor of the church in 
Juniata, and is now busy building a 
new church there, since the former 
building was destroyed by fire. 

Mrs. Simmons, the former Ethel 
Joyce Morrill, is from La Verne, 
Calif. She has been active in Sis- 
terhood work, first as national pres- 
ident, later as junior patroness. 
They have two children, Joyce Ann, 
6, and Bernard Lee, 3. 

Phillip Simmons is 5 feet, 11 
inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has 
blue eyes and brown hair. 



BRETHREN RANK EIGHTH IN 
GIVING 

The annual report of the United 
Stewardship Council for 1948 re- 
veals that the National Fellowship 
of Brethren Churches stood in eighth 
place in per capita giving. The re- 
port covers the contributions of 47 
denominations. 

The per capita giving in our church 
is given as $74.78, of which $7.50 was 
for missions. The church ranked 
eighth both in total gifts and in mis- 
sionary giving. 

The Seventh-Day Adventists were 
in first place in both columns. Their 
total per capita giving was $130.20, 
and they gave $28.78 per capita for 
missions. 

Following the Seventh-Day Ad- 
ventists in order, the six churches 



which also exceeded the Brethren in 
total per capita giving were Free 
Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, Mis- 
sionary Church Association, Church 
of the Nazarene, Brethren in Christ, 
and Orthodox Presbyterian. 

Of the 47 denominations reported, 
the Church of the Brethren ranked 
27th, and the "Ashland Group" of 
Brethren churches were in 40th 
place. 



MISSIONARIES REMAIN IN CHINA 

Most evangelical foreign mission- 
aries in China are remaining at their 
posts and will continue to do so. 
American government officials are 
also staying in the cities where they 
have been serving. Only Lutheran 
missionaries are withdrawing in 
large numbers. 



CALIFORNIA EVANGELICALS 
MEET 

The California state convention 
of the National Association of Evan- 
gelicals will be held in the Church 
of the Open Door, Los Angeles, Feb. 
25-27. Dr. Bob Jones, Jr., and Dr. 
Clyde W. Taylor will be among the 
speakers. 

Over 400 evangelicals of the Los 
Angeles area gathered at the recent 
N. A. E. banquet. 



GET UP— THEN PRAY 

The famous commentator and 
theologian, Adam Clarke, was an 
early riser. A young man of other 
habits asked how he managed it. 
"Do you pray about it?" 

Answered Clarke, "No, I just get 
up."— The Free Methodist. 



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95 



Aev. and krs. Blaine Snyder 
tfinoria Lake, Ind. 



EVANGELISM 

(Continued from Page 93) 

been no Jewish nation to welcome 
Christ, their Messiah, when He 
comes to the Mount of OHves in 
glorious victory over Antichrist 
(Zech. 12:10; 13:6). 

Now, for the first time in two and 
one-half millenniums, the stage is 
set. The Jewish nation is firmly 
established. Jews by the shipload 
are pouring into Palestine. They 
will be faced soon with their final 
choice between Christ and Anti- 
christ. The "time of Jacob's trouble" 
(Jer. 30:7), and the "tribulation. 
the great one" (Rev. 3:10) are ne.xt 
on the prophetic calendar. But Jesus 
said that His true saints would be 
delivered out of that world-wide 
time of judgment. 

All of this adds up to just one 
thing: we are in a race for time in 
reaching men for Christ. Why God 
has not already taken His true sei-v- 
ants out of this world we do not 
know. But that there is no time to 
waste in bringing lost men to Christ 
is no longer debatable. If ever there 
was a time when Christians should 
be personally seeking sinners for 
Christ, it is now. If ever wives 
should pray and plead that their un- 
saved husbands should be saved, it 
is now. If ever careless parents who 
have allowed their children to drift 
on without Christ hoping that some- 
one would reach them for Christ, 
should themselves seek them with 
broken hearts, it is now. If ever 
there was a time when Christians 
should cease piling up money and 
instead put it to work in evangelism, 
it is now. Many Christians w h o 
have been hoarding up money, just 
for the love of money, will have a 
hard time explaining to the Lord 
why it was not used for reaching 
lost souls when they could. 

That the burden of reaching men 
for Christ now has gripped our lay- 
men is evident in the way they are 
getting back of the campaign to win 
5,000 souls for Christ in 1949. So 
far, about 95% of our laymen in the 
rallies have signed the covenant to 



win one soul a year for the rest of 
their lives. 

Pray that a great, nation-wide re- 
vival may sweep our brotherhood. 
Pray that our laymen may all be set 
aflame with the passion for lost men. 
Pray that funds may be provided for 
the Board of Evangelism to start our 
first evangelistic party out in June 
or July of this year. Pray for the 
right workers for this first parly, 
upon whose success so much de- 
pends. Pray that God will glorify 
Himself in a great harvest of souls 
in the swiftly passing hours of th«> 
close of this age. 

"Wilt thou not revive us again: 
that thy people may rejoice in thee?" 
(Psa. 85:6). 



NEWS BRIEFS 

(Continued jrom Page 92) 

the Flora. Ind., congregation on ac- 
count of illness. Brother Malles is 
spending the time resting in the 
parental home at Waynesboro, Pa. 

The Central District youth rallv is 
being held in Fort Wayne. Ind.. Feb. 
4 and 5. 

Bro. Abe Bowman, of Long Beach. 
Calif., fell downstairs recently, suf- 
fering a badly bruised shoulder. 

Work is progressing on the new 
hieh school building in Long Beach. 
Calif. It is planned to house the 
classes for 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th 
graders of the Brethren day school 
in this new building, beginning next 
fall. i ^H 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman will hold 
evangelistic meetings in New Troy, 
Mich., Feb. 20 to March 6. This is 
Brother Ashman's old home town. 



JUST OFF THE PRESS--- 

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ALL THINGS 

Whatsoever I Have Commanded You 

By DR. HERMAN A. HOYT 

Table of Contents 

Preface. 

I Introduction to Book on Brethren Practices. 
II The Salutation for the Saints. 

III The Practice of the Laying on of Hands. 

IV Prayer and Anointing the Sick With Oil. 

V The Principle of Separation From the World. 
VI The Practice of Non-Conformity and Non-Secrecy. 
VII The Practice of Non-Resistance in War and Peace. 

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WHERE TO KEEP YOUR BIBLE 



AN EDITORIAL 



BY MILES TABER 



People have different places where 
they like to keep their Bibles. When 
you enter a Christian home you may 
find one on the mantel, on the li- 
brary table, in the bookcase, or even 
on the floor. This may be a matter 
of personal taste or habit. But there 
are three places that every member 
of the Brethren Church should keep 
his Bible. 

You should keep your Bible m 
your head. You should be familiar 
with its contents. You may say you 
believe the Bible from cover to cover 
— but you are taking a lot for 
granted if you haven't ever read it 
through! How do you know you 
believe it all if you don't even know 
what it says? 

With the Bible barred from most 
of our public schools, and with little 
Bible being taught even in most 
Sunday schools and churches, a gen- 
eration is growing up in America 
that is not even familiar with the 
text of the English Bible, to s a y 
nothing of their ignorance concern- 
ing its spiritual meaning. Allusions 
to Bible characters and events must 
be carefully explained to modern 
audiences or they miss the point. 
They are almost completely ignorant 
of the Book which once formed the 
groundwork of American education. 

Under these circumstances it is 
doubly important that Brethren 
people should know their Bibles. 
They should be on familiar ground 
in any part of the Book. Even the 
study of Bible doctrine from the 
writings of men is not a substitute 
for this knowledge of the Bible 
itself. One who has been well 
taught in a fundamenfel church mav 
have an orthodox theology and still 
be almost a stranger to the ultimate 
source of that theology in God's own 
Book. Only the day-by-day, year- 
in-and-year-out consecutive reading 
of the whole Bible can supply this. 
Other methods of Bible study may 
be added to this basic method, but 



all of them together do not make a 
satisfactory substitute for it. Put 
the whole Bible in your head, and 
keep it there by constant reading. 

Head knowledge of the Bible, 
however, is not enough. One must 
also keep it in his heart. A cold 
intellectual knowledge of the Bible 
will produce a Pharisee, not a Chris- 
tian. It is not until the Word reaches 
the heart that it bears fruit in faith 
and holiness. "Thy word have I hid 
in mine heart, that I might not sin 
against thee" (Psa. 119:11). 

Even where the Word of God is 
taught, it is often taught as so much 
information, with little or no refer- 
ence to the heart and life of the 
hearer. Bible teaching in the Breth- 
ren Church should be directed to- 
ward the heart for it is there that 
the Word of God grapples with un- 
belief and sin. It is there that it 
transforms the emotions and the 
will, and through them, the life. 

But what we apply to others we 
must not neglect to apply to our- 
selves. We too need the ministry of 
the Word in our own hearts. We 
can teach other people Bible facts if 
we have the facts in our own heads. 




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And we can apply it to other peo- 
ple's hearts if we have first applied 
it to our own hearts. But what we 
can not do is to teach it from our 
heads to their hearts. The preacher, 
the teacher, the personal worker 
must have a heart knowledge of the 
Word of God. He must keep the 
Bible in his heart. 

There is also a third place in 
which the Christian should keep his 
Bible — in his hand. The Word of 
God is a "sword" (Eph. 6:17), the 
Christian's weapon for fighting the 
Lord's battles. It is an aggressive 
weapon, the one he uses to attack 
the strongholds of the devil. With 
it he takes men captive for Jesus 
Christ. 

The Bible was not given to us to 
put us to sleep, or even to put us at 
ease. It is a message of pardon from 
the Governor of the Universe — still 
undelivered to most of the prisoners 
of sin. Merely to possess it while 
millions are dying without it, is life's 
supreme responsibility. We should 
all cry with Paul, "Woe is unto me. 
if I preach not the gospel!" 

So it is not enough to keep your 
Bible only in your head. That tends 
to make you a Pharisee, cold and 
critical. It is not enough to keep it 
in your head and your heart only. 
That produces monasticism, with 
little concern for the souls of men. 
But the Bible in your head, your 
heart, and your hand, makes you 
like Christ. 

Consider the brother on our cover 
page. He has the Bible in his head, 
else he would not have known 
where to turn in the Word to meet 
the problem of the moment. He has 
it in his heart, otherwise he would 
not have paused in the midst of the 
day's work to do a greater work for 
his Lord. He has it in his hand, 
capturing what may be a future 
Moody for Christ. 

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N E W S BRIEFS ^'^ national interest 



Did you order your copy of "All 
Things Whatsoever I Have Com- 
vianded You," Dr. Hoyt's new book? 
As announced in last week's Mis- 
sionary Herald, the price is 40c for 
paper binding, $1.00 for cloth, post- 
paid. This is an entirely new book 
which should be in every Brethren 
home. Order today. 

The church at Clay City, Ind., 
being without a pastor, would wel- 
come correspondence from ministers 
who might be interested in this field. 
Write to Lois K. Long, secretary of 
the church, at Clay City. 

Rev. John Sansom's new address 
is 535 E. 9th St., Beaumont, Calif. 

Rev. Gerald W. Teeter's address is 
Route 1, Covington, Ohio. 

Rev. Arthur D. Cashman returned 
home from the hospital Jan. 31, and 
is recovering rapidly from an opera- 
tion. 

Severe storms and cold weather 
have cut in half the attendance at 
the church in Beaver City, Nehr., 
this winter. However, seven young 
people were saved Jan. 13, when 
Herb Seal, hitch-hiking Bible dram- 
atist from Pasadena, Calif., spoke at 
the church. At the morning serv- 
ice, Jan. 16, two high-school boys 
made decisions, and on the previous 
Saturday night 11 high-school young 
people were saved at the local Youth 
for Chi'ist rally. 

Offerings for the building fimd 
averaged $54 per week at Kittan- 
ning. Pa., last year, and by increas- 
ing this slightly in the coming year 
the church hopes to be debt-fiee 
when they celebrate their sixth an- 
niversary in July 1950. During the 
first week of Rev. Henry Rempel's 
evangelistic meetings in the branch 
work at North Buffalo, the average 
attendance was 79, with 94 in Sun- 
day school. 

Next Tuesday, being the 15th day 
of the month, is the Brethren Day 
of Prayer. 

Since the first of this month we 
have been in the period of the year 
specially set aside by Conference 
action for emphasis on Foreign Mis- 
sions. Let us make this our greatest 
Easter offering; it may be our last. 

There were eight confessions of 



faith and five people were baptized 
at the Canton, Ohio, church in Jan- 
uary. 

Average attendance at the Santa 
Barbara, Calif., church during the 
last quarter of 1948 was 49 in Bible 
school, 78 at the morning worship 
service, and 61 in the evening. Total 
offerings amounted to $1,357.52. 

A farewell fellowship meeting for 
the Altigs was held in the Whittier, 
Calif., church, Feb. 10. A district 
missionary rally met there Feb. 6. 
Jean Altig undei-went an appendec- 
tomy operation Jan. 27. 

The Brethren Bookworm, newsy 
sheet for Brethren young people, 
published by the Youth Council, 
states that more than 350 young 
people in our churches have signed 
B. S. L. V. cards, indicating that 
they have answered the Lord's call 
to full-time Christian service. 

The Bible-reading report will be 
found in this issue. We will gladly 
publish additions to this report in 
later issues. Ask your pastor to send 
us your name if you read the Bible 
thi-ough in 1948. 

Rev. R. I. Humberd is scheduled 
to speak to the students of the 
Moody Bible Institute on Feb. 21. 
Also he is to hold a Bible conference 
in the church at Waterloo, Iowa. 
Feb. 27 to March 1, and at Leon, 
Iowa, March 2-6. 

Dr. Elias D. Wfiite, pastor at South 
Gate, Calif., is teaching systematic 
theology and doctrine ' at the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles. 

A poster published by the Iowa 
district mission board states that 
construction on the new Brethien 
church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, -will 
begin next June. 

Pastor William Schaffer writes 
from Spokane, Wash., "We had a 
meeting out here. It's the rebirth of 
the church. We expect to get about 
25 new members directly out of this 
meeting, and most of them are young 
married couples. . . . Now we have a 
group of laymen who are interested 
in winning souls." 

Classes are all filled for the sec- 
ond semester in the Brethren day 
school in Long Beach, Calif., but 
registrations are now being received 



for next fall, when the new high 
school building will be ready for use. 

Early reports of the revival meet- 
ings in Berne, Ind., are encouraging. 
Souls are being saved, and former 
members are coming back into the 
church. 

Miss Mildred Kunz, missionary to 
the Navajos, writes, "140 Indians 
visited my station at Lupton, Dec. 
15 and 16, receiving the Gospel and 
Christmas gifts. About 20 professed 
to accept Christ. ... I have been 
obliged to remain in bed the past 
three weeks since my auto was 
crashed into from the back by a 
young boy who had liquor in his 
car." 

Rev. Harold Etling will be the 
evangelist at Fort Wayne, Ind., 
March 7-20. Dr. Paul R. Bauman 
supplied the pulpit on two recent 
Sundays during the absence of the 
pastor. 

"The Periscope" is a new bi- 
monthly publication edited by Hor- 
ace F. Dean, containing news on 
evangelism, missions, and world 
conditions. It will be sent free on 
request to Christ for America, 542 
S. Dearborn St., Chicago 5, 111. 

Bro. Clair Brickel was one of four 
students at Bryan University to be 
chosen for listing in "Who's Who 
Among Students in American Uni- 
versities and Colleges." 

Rev. Paul Eiselstein, Brethren 
worker for the American Sunday 
School Union in Colorado, reports 
46 Sunday schools in operation last 
year, including 11 that were newly 
organized. Brother Eiselstein vis- 
ited in 1,177 homes, traveled 22,414 
miles, preached 198 times. There 
were 1.317 pupils enrolled in the 
Sunday schools, and 268 confessions 
of faith were received. 

Rev. Gilbert D. Engelman and 
family are planning to move to St. 
Petersburg, Fla., next spring to start 
a Brethren work there. He will 
complete his training in Grace Sem- 
inary at that time. Anyone know- 
ing of Brethren people in St. Peters- 
burg and -vicinity, or other Chris- 
tians who would be interested in 
helping to start a work there, is 
asked to contact Brother Engelman, 
Box 236, Winona Lake, Ind. 



February 72, 1949 



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How to Understand and Enjoy 




PROBLEMS CONCERNING THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE AGE OF GRACE 

By Dr. Charles W. Mayes 



When Christians get together to 
discuss the subject of the Holy Spirit 
in the hves of His people today, cer- 
tain problems frequently arise. Un- 
less we observe some of the princi- 
ples of interpretation which we have 
considered in previous weeks, some 
confusion v/ill result. In this article 
it is our purpose to answer some of 
the problems which are current. 

1. Is speaking in tongues the evi- 
dence of the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit? There is not a place in the 
Bible where it is stated that any 
person, on any occasion, ever spoke 
in tongues because of the baptism of 
the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues 
was always revealed to be a gift of 
the Spirit by special filling. This 
gift was always given to those who 
were already saved, and who had 
therefore already received the bap- 
tism of the Spirit. 

The unknown tongue (I Cor. 14) 
is revealed to be one of the gifts of 
the Spirit. This gift was always evi- 
denced among believers as a result 
of a filling of the Spirit for the pur- 
pose. If the Lord would see fit to 
give forth the gift of tongues today, 
it would not be because of the bap- 
tism of the Holy Spirit, but because 
of a filling. However, since the 
purposes of the unknown tongue 
have been completed, the Holy Spirit 
now shows believers the "more ex- 
cellent way" (I Cor. 13). 

2. Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit 
a second work of grace? This ques- 
tion is raised because it appears that 
some good and sincere people speak 
of the baptism of the Holy Spirit 
when they mean the filling. The 
name may not be of much impor- 
tance, but to use terms loosely al- 
m o s t always brings confusion. 
Therefore, when speaking of the 
subsequent works of the Holy Spirit, 
we should always use the term fin- 
ing. In Ephesians 5; 18. the believer 
is exhorted to be filled with the 
Spirit. The literal rendering of this 
passage is perhaps more clear: "Be 



ye being filled with the Spirit." 
There is one baptism of the Spirit 
but there are many, many fillings. 
The child of God needs to be freshly 
filled with the Spirit for every day, 
every task, and every responsibility. 
3. Is the baptism of the Holy 
Spirit received before or after water 
baptism? It might appear that on 
the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38) 
that baptism in water did precede 
the experience of the Spirit. But a 
careful examination reveals that the 
order was soon reversed. See Acts 
10: 44-47. 

In the case of the Apostle Paul, 
he was saved, received his physical 
sight again, was called a brother, 
and was instructed by Ananias be- 
fore he was baptized in water. The 
passage in Acts 22:16 could more 
accurately be read, "And now why 
tarriest thou, arise, and be baptized, 
being loosed from thy sins, calling 
on the name of the Lord." The 
word here translated "wash" is the 
same word as is translated "loosed" 
in Revelation 1:5. There it is spe- 
cifically stated that we are loosed or 
washed from sins in the blood of 
Christ. Salvation, or the baptism of 
the Holy Spirit, takes place when 
in answer to faith, the believer is 
washed in the blood of Christ. Bap- 
tism in water is for believers, not 
for the unsaved. 

The final explanation of salvation 
is found in Romans and Ephesians 
(and elsewhere). "By grace are ye 
saved through faith; and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God: not 
of works, lest any man should boast" 
(Eph. 2:8, 9). The baptism of the 
Holy Spirit at salvation, places a 
believer, for the first time, in a po- 
sition where he can please God in 
obedience. 

The teaching of the Word of God 
is plain. Water baptism should fol- 
low immediately. Therefore the in- 
dividual is not baptized in water in 
order to be saved, but because he is 
saved. Water baptism is the ansv.'er 



of a good conscience toward God 
(I Pet. 3:21). 

4. The gifts of the Spirit. These 
are recorded in I Corinthians 12:4- 
11. These gifts are given as God 
sees His people have need of them. 
Needs differ in different times, 
places, and circumstances. As im- 
portant as these gifts may be, they 
are not all given to all believers. 
But there is the one work of the 
Spirit, the gift of love, which is the 
"more excellent way." It should be 
the possession of every child of God 
and is more important than all the 
other gifts of the Spirit combined. 

5. The fruit of the Spirit is re- 
vealed in Galatians 5:22, 23. Love 
is mentioned first. All these virtues 
together make the fruit of the Spirit 
and represent what the Spirit of God 
will produce in every believer un- 
less the work is hindered. 

6. Why did Peter and John have 
to go to Samaria in order that those 
who had heard the Gospel and had 
been baptized in water by Phihp 
might receive the Holy Spirit? See 
Acts 8:5-17. Several things should 
be noted in answering this problem. 

a. First, the Samaritans were not 
really Jews (John 4:9). 

b. Philip was not an apostle. God 
honored the position of apostleship. 

c. The door had not yet been 
opened to the gentiles in this period 
of the book of Acts. Cornelius 
(Acts 10) is the first gentile to re- 
ceive the Gospel according to divine 
record. 

As a result of these things, God 
saw fit to withhold something from 
the Samaritans, until Peter and 
John, who were of the twelve, could 
themselves appear in Samaria. Sal- 
vation is of the Jew (John 4:22). 
Apparently at that time salvation 
was not only of the Jews but of 
Jews who were also apostles. There 
is not the slightest indication that 
this historical record sets any prec- 

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REPORT OF BIBLE READERS FOR 1948 

(The Report We Are Ashamed to Print) 



ATLANTIC DISTRICT 

Seven Fountains, Va. (2) 
Barr, Mrs. J. Stanley 
Munch, Mrs. Marvin 

Winchester, Va. (11) 
Armstrong. Mr. Kenneth 
Clark, Miss Ruth 
Dick, Rev. Paul E. 
Fahnestock, Miss Lorraine 
Fletcher, Mrs. Holmes 
Petrie, Mrs. Darrell 
Pitcock, Mrs. Hayward 
Pyne, Mrs. Florence 
Smith, Mrs. Ernie 
Smith, Mrs. Lee 
Spillman, Mrs. Douglas 

CALIFORNIA DISTRICT 

Garvey, CaUf. (3) 

Goff, Mrs. George 
Merrihew, Mrs. Alice 
Merrihew, Mrs. Willis 

La Verne, CaUf. (17) 
Blount, Mrs. Hattie 
Brower, Mr. Ernest 
Brower, Mrs. Ernest 
Colwell, Mrs. Mabel 
Conner, Miss Minnie 
Dailey. Mrs. Arthur 
Doutt, Mrs. Roy 
Hay, Mrs. George 
Lapp, Mrs. Margaret 
Linderman, Mrs. William 
Sandy, Rev. Conard 
Schrock, Mrs. Earl 
Thomason, Mr. Charles 
Thomason, Mrs. Charles 
Walters, Mrs. Grant 
White, Mr. Elias 
White, Mrs. Elias 

Long Beach, Calif. (1st) (63) 
Auge, Mr. Charles C. 
Bailey, Miss Mary E. 
Barrett, Mr. George 
Bulach, Mrs. Eva E. 
Coon, Mrs. Myranna 
Crozier, Mrs. Bertha M. 
Doney, Mr. Sam 
Doney, Mrs. Sam 
Eisenmann, Mr. G. 
Eisenmann, Mrs. G. 
Eye, Mrs. Christie 
Fulton, Mrs. Helen 
Grove, Mrs. Frona 
Hayden, Mrs. Dory 
Hocking, Mrs. Ethel 
Kent, Mr. A. H. 
Kilgore, Mr. I. Roy 
Kindig, Mr. Frank 
LaDage, Mrs. Caroline 
Leigh, Mrs. Nettie 
Levering, Mr. Julius 
Levering, Mrs. Julius 
Lorenz, Mr. Harry F. 
Losier, Mrs. W. J. 
Madison, Mrs. Anna E. 
Magers. Mr. Walter 
Magers, Mrs. Walter 



DISTRICT SUMMARY 

Atlantic ....- 13 

CaUfornia 92 

Central 50 

East 77 

Iowa 9 

Midwest . 7 

Northern Ohio 38 

Northwest 1 

Southeast 32 

Miscellaneous 3 

Total 322 



Martin, Miss Georgia 
Matthews, Mrs. Ruth S. 
McCaskill, Mrs. 
Milton, Mr. Earl 
Milton, Mrs. Earl 
Morgan, Mrs. Louise 
Morrill, Mr. A. C. 
Morrill, Mrs. A. C. 
Nelson, Mrs. Ruth 
Nielsen, Miss Johanna 
Norton, Mr. Frank 
Norton, Mrs. Frank 
Penfield, Mrs. Donald 
Persons, Mrs. Cora 
Poyzer, Mrs. Marie 
Price, Mrs. Helene 
Quaintance, Miss B. B. 
Rensink, Mr. Gerritt 
Rensink, Mrs. Gerritt 
Robertson, Mrs. Lucie 
Rohwer, Mr. Carl l\ 
Roy, Mrs. Lena 
Roy, Mrs. Minnie 
Sheller, Mrs. D. D. 
Smith, Mrs. Sterling P. 
Srack, Mrs. Grace 
Stevens, Mr. R. E. 
Stevens, Mrs. R. E. 
Stevenson, Mrs. O. Pearl 
Walck, Mrs. Emory 
Welton, Mrs. Grace 
Whiteside, Mrs. Josephine 
Whitsett, Mrs. 
Wilson, Mrs. Mary S. 
Worley, Mr. Robert 
Yeager, Mr. John 

Santa Barbara, Calif. (1) 

Snavely, Mrs. Emma 

Seal Beach, Calif. (3) 

Husted, Mrs. Viola 
Wilkerson, Mr. Robert 
Wilson, Mrs. Alice 

Whittier, Calif. (5^ 

Altig, Rev. J. Keith 
Barmore, Mrs. Mayme 
Crawford, Mrs. Harry 
Day, Mr. I. T. 
Day, Mrs. I. T. 

CENTRAL DISTRICT 
Berne, Ind. (7) 

Agler, Mrs. Glen 



Coffee, Mrs. Flora 
Kuhn, Miss Elsie 
Leistner, Mrs. Forest 
Myers, Mrs. Glen 
Sipe, Mrs. Addie 
Witter, Mrs. R. J. 

Camden, Ohio (3) 

Burns, Mrs. Agnes 
Hardy. Mrs. Melba 
Hartlow, Mrs. Elizabeth 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riv.) (10) 
Blalack, Mr. Omer 
Blalack, Mrs. Ethel 
Hoover, Mrs. Elsie 
Kinsey, Mr. Roy H. 
Miller, Mr. Alvin T. 
Miller, Mrs. Alvin T. 
Miller, Miss Ruth 
Vandermolen, Mr. E. C. 
Vandermolen, Mrs. Bertha 
Weimer, Mrs. L. D. 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (5) 

Boone, Lenora 
Kimmel, Louise 
Osborn, Ed 
Payne, Audrey 
Payne, Haldon 

Lake Odessa, Mich. (2) 

Henney, Mrs. Mary Lou 
Mote, Mrs. Phoebe 

Sidney, Ind. (3) 

Heckman, Enid 
McKee, Mr. J. M. 
Miller, Mrs. Minnie 

Peru, Ind. (9) 

Anderson, Mr. Sam 
Anderson, Mrs. Sam 
Baker, Mrs. Charles 
Grandstaff, Mrs. Charles 
Helm, Mrs. Lillian 
Huddleson, Mrs. George 
Jenkins, Mrs. Walter 
Jones, Mrs. Frank 
Jones, Willis D. 

South Bend, Ind. (2) 

Bunch, Mrs. Warren 
Plummer, Mrs. Delia 

Troy, Ohio (4) 

Carey, Rev. Arthur 
Garber, Miss Blanche 



10 LEADING CHURCHES 

Long Beach, Cal. (1st) 63 

La Verne, Cal. 17 

Kittanning, Pa. 13 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 13 

Wooster, Ohio 12 

Johnstown, Pa. (1st).— 11 

Uniontown, Pa. 11 

Waynesboro, Pa. 11 

Winchester, Va. 11 

Dayton, Ohio (N. Riv.) 10 



King, Mrs. William 
Powell, Miss Joan 

Winona Lake, Ind. (5) 

Dombek, L. Joseph 
Taber, Miss Bettie 
Taber, Rev. Miles 
Taber, Mrs. Miles 
Taber, Miss Rose 

EAST DISTRICT 
Aleppo, Pa. (6) 

Anderson, Mrs. E. B. 
Cook, Mrs. William 
King, Mrs. Irene 
Ullom, Mrs. Ida 
Walter, Mrs. Lyda 
Welling, Mr. Dan 

Jenners, Pa. (3) 

Baker, Rev. W. Wayne 
Engle, Mrs. Jesse 
Walpusk, Mrs. Carrie 

Johnstown, Pa. (1st) (11) 
Bentz, Mrs. Fred 
blough, Mrs. E. H. 
Blough, June 
Darr, H. W. 
Jones, Darwin 
Moeller, Mary Louise 
Ogden, Rev. W. A. 
Reighard, Lois 
Reighard, Vincent 
Reighard, Mrs. Vincent 
Smith, Mrs. Bertha 

Kittanning, Pa. (13) 

Bowser, Mrs. Marie 
Bracker, Rev. Gordon W. 
Clever, Mrs. Lidia 
Cousins, Mrs. Ralph 
Hooks, Mr. Ralph 
Hooks, Mrs. Ralph 
Jordan, Mrs. Jim 
Lemmon, Mrs. William 
Moyer, Mr. Charles 
White, Mr. Elzie 
White, Mrs. Elzie 
Wray, Mrs. Laura 
Yount, Mary Louise 

Leamersville, Pa. (6) 

Diehl, Mrs. Florine 
Dodson, David 
Lingenfelter, Mr. Harvey 
Lingenfelter, Mrs. Harvey 
Lingenfelter, Miss Phyllis 
Roudabush, Mrs. David 

Listie, Pa. (7) 

Beech, Mrs. August 
Forney, Mr. William 
Friedline, Mrs. John 
Liberty, Mrs. James 
Mostoller, Mrs. Florence 
Walker, Mrs. Leora 
Zerefoss, Mrs. Sadie 

Meyersdale, Pa. (4) 

Eisler, Albert 
Eisler. Ethel 



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Miller, Annie 
Pyle, Ruth 

Singer Hill, Pa. (2) 

Barkehimer, M r s. Ben- 

iamin 
McLaughlin, Mrs. Francis 

Summit Mills, Pa. (3) 

Firl, Urias 

Miller, Ella 

Miller, Mary Emma 

Uniontown, Pa. (11) 
Collier, Mrs. Belle 
Johnson, Mrs. George 
Kefter, Mr. Archie 
Keffer, Mrs. Martha 
Krepps, Mr. Harry 
Krepps, Mrs. Harry 
Lucas, Mrs. Margaret 
Miller, Mrs. Amanda 
Rempel, Rev. Henry 
Rempel, Mrs. Henry 
Wilkins, Mrs. Margaret 

Waynesboro, Pa. (11) 

Crilley, Miss Arietta 
Poster, Mrs. Frank 
Himes, Mrs. Lizzie 
Manns, Mrs. Floyd 
Minnich, Mrs. Lulu 
Ressler, Mrs. Gertrude 
Stains, Mr, B. L. 
Stains, Mrs. B. L. 
Sullivan, Mr. Andrew O. 
Yingling, Mrs. LeRoy 
Zimmerman, Rev. C. S. 

IOWA DISTRICT 

Dallas Center, Iowa (9) 

Becker, Don 
Brown, Mrs. May 
Hoover, Mrs. Lena 



Miller, Mrs. Minnie 
Pinne, J. F. 
Randall, Mrs. Gladys 
Tibbals, Mrs. J. W. 
Wenger, Mrs. Leah 
Wineland, Miss Madge 

MIDWEST DISTRICT 

Beaver City, Nebr. (3) 

Canfield, Mrs. Ida 
Seibert, Mr. George B. 
Seibert, Miss Helen 

Portis, Kans. (4) 

Garner, Mr. T. N. 
Garner, Mrs. T. N. 
Knoll, Mr. Charles 
Peterson. Miss Emma 

NORTHERN OHIO 
DISTRICT 

Cleveland, Ohio (1) 

Ritz, Mrs. George, Sr. 

Danville, Ohio (7) 

Cone, Rev. George E, 
Cone, Mrs. George E. 
Cone, Mr. George E., Jr. 
Conrad, Mrs. Ray 
Fox, Mrs. Paul 
Wharton. Mrs. Clark 
Wheaton, Mrs. Sinia 

Fremont, Ohio (7) 

Ash, Mr. Clarence 
Hefflinger, Mr. Russell 
Keiser, Mrs. Arthur 
Pifer, Rev. Lester E. 
Smith, Miss Edna 
Wetzel, Mrs. Will 
Winters, Mrs. Oliver 

Homerville, Ohio (4) 

Delong. Mrs. Carl 



Hall, Rev. Nelson 
Howman, Mrs. Wayne 
McFerren, Jean 

Middlebranch, Ohio (5) 

Heminger, Mrs. G. 
Lewis, Rev. Edward 
Lewis, Mrs. Edward 
Phillips, Mrs. Lloyd 
Royer, Bessie E. 

Rittman, Ohio (2) 

Houck, Mrs. Clara 
Marvin, Mrs. Pat 

Wooster, Ohio (12) 

Arnold, Mrs. Paul 
Frye, Mrs. Walter 
Grady, Mrs. James 
Hanshue, Mrs. Ina 
Hanshue, Mrs. Ruth 
Martin, Mrs. Grace 
McConkie, Mrs. Ida 
Oberdusky, Mrs. Telia 
Slaybaugh, Mrs. Thomas 
Smith, Mr. John 
Smith, Mrs. John 
Smith, Master Dee 

NORTHWEST DISTRICT 

Harrah, Wash. (1) 

Sturz, Rev. Harry A. 

SOUTHEAST DISTRICT 

Buena Vista, Va. (4) 

Bartley, Mrs. W. L. 
Johns, Mrs. Wiley 
Pryor, Fred 
Thacker, Mrs, Clarence 

Covinffton, Va. (3) 

Crist, Rev. Lee 
Crist, Mrs. Lee 



Leape, Mr. Charles 

HolUns, Va. (4) 

Burnette, Mrs. Lucille 
Hamblin, Mrs. F. N. 
McCutcheon. Mrs. Lyn 
Richardson, Mrs. James L. 

Limestone, Tenn. (6) 

Armentrout, Mrs. Ralph 
Brobeck, Mrs. Fred 
Guinn, Mrs. Ruth 
Peer, Rev. Earle 
Peer, Mrs. Earle 
Pence, Miss Mary 

Radford, Va. (2) 

Richardson, Rev. K. E. 
Richardson, Mrs. K. E. 

Roanoke, Va. (13) 
Brumbaugh, Mrs. F. L. 
Carr. Mrs. Rudolph 
Findley, Mr. W. V. 
Kingery, Mrs. Coy 
Koontz, Mrs. H. W. 
Lackey, Mr. Clarence 
Martin, Mrs. Carter 
Moore, Mr. S. A. 
Moore, Mrs. S. A. 
Parsell, Mr. E. V. 
Powell, Mrs. Gilmer 
Wray, Mrs. D. H. 
Wright, Mrs. O. B. 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Des Moines Iowa (1) 

Knipfer, Mrs. R. F. 

Flemington, N. J. (1) 

Weber, Mrs. S. F. 

Parkersburg, W. Va. (1) 

Lockhart, Mrs. Lester 



THE WORD OF GOD 

(Contimied from Page 100) 

edent regarding the plan of God for 
the receiving of the Holy Spirit. 

7. What is the meaning of the pas- 
sage, "Have ye received the Holy 
Ghost since ye believed?" (Acts 19: 
2)? The A. R. V. gives us an accu- 
rate reading of this question, "Did ye 
receive the Holy Spirit when ye be- 
lieved?" Their answer was that they 
had not even heard if there was any 
Holy Spirit. Upon being questioned 
by Paul about their baptism (see 
Matt. 28: 19), the reply was that they 
had only known the baptism of John 
the Baptist. This means that they 
were disciples of John and were 
therefore not Christians, in the 
church, the body of Christ, at all. 
Really they were still standing on 
pre - Pentecost ground. Although 
Pentecost was over, it was still news 
to these men. 

It is no wonder that they had not 
received the Holy Spirit when they 
believed. They had not believed 

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the proper message. When Paul 
gave them the Gospel of the finished 
work of Christ on the cross, they 
were then baptized by Christian 



baptism. After this Paul laid hands 
on them and by the filling of the 
Holy Spirit, like the experience of 
Pentecost, they spoke in tongues. 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




^KKeef-.fit 



In a meeting 34 years ago a boy of 
11 years felt the conviction of sin 
weighing so heavily upon his heart 
that with tear-stained face he con- 
fessed the Lord Jesus Christ as his 
personal Saviour. Elder I. D. Bow- 
man was holding a prophetic-evan- 
gelistic campaign in the little red 
brick church on North Fifth Street, 
near Tilghman, in Allentown, Pa. 

William H. Schaffer, known by 
many as "Bill" Schaffer, attended 
the schools of Allentown, Pa., 
through the high school. It was be- 
tween the second and third years 
of his high-school training that he 
felt the call of the Lord to preach. 
He transferred his course of study 
from engineering to academic and 
promptly enrolled in a class of 
Greek, then being taught in the high 
school. 

His athletic prowess put him on 
the first long-distance team the last 
two years. His name can still be 
found on many of the team cups in 
the trophy cases for the three- and 
five-mile runs. If you have ever 
tried to keep up with him on foot 
you'll discover he's still going strong. 

When he entered Ashland College 
in 1923 he already had two years of 
classical Greek, three years of Latin, 



WILLIAM H. SCHAFFER, JR. 

three years of French and one of 
German, with A grades in Ancient 
History. 

While a student in Ashland Col- 
lege, from which he graduated in 
1927, he was business manager of 
the College Annual for 1926 and 




REV. W. H. SCHAFFER, JR. 

managing editor of the Ashland Col- 
legian in 1926-27. He was ordained 
to the Gospel ministry on a Wed- 
nesday night. The following Thurs- 
day he graduated from college and 
was married the next morning to 
Maurine Hostetler in her parental 
home near Johnstown, Pa. To this 
marriage were born three children: 
Herbert Paul, who is now in the 
Navy medical school in San Diego, 



Calif.; Alyce Ann, a student nurse 
in the Deaconess Hospital in Spo- 
kane, Wash.; and William Lewis, a 
student in the grade school. 

Elder Schaffer served as pastor in 
Hamlin, Kans.; Conemaugh, Pa.: 
Berne, Ind.; and is at present pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, Spo- 
kane, Wash., where a few years ago 
he took a small group of discouraged 
Brethren and pastored it into a 
thriving congregation. 

In denominational affairs he served 
for seven years as treasurer of the 
Home Missions Council and is now 
a member of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald board and one of the 
organizers and trustees of Grace 
Seminary. Also he holds the posi- 
tion of financial secretary to the 
Benefit Association of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Ministers. 
In the city of Spokane he is a direc- 
tor and treasurer of Child Evan- 
gelism, vice president of the local 
National Association of Evangelicals, 
and a member of the Youth for 
Christ committee. 

Those who have heard him speak 
will never forget his deep, penetrat- 
ing voice. He stands 6 feet, with 200 
pounds of weight, blue eyes and 
brown hair with greying edges. 



EUROPE TODAY 

"Europe today," says Dr. Donald 
Grey Barnhouse on his recent re- 
turn from that continent, "is a con- 
tinent which is divided into thiee 
great groups — t h e Catholics and 
their false spirituality, the antireli- 
gious and the indifferent, and final- 
ly, a Protestantism which has been 
captured by the modernistic theo- 
logians and which has nothing more 
than a pagan morality with a var- 
nish of Christian ethics. . . . The 
number of Christians on the conti- 
nent is small indeed." 

Yet Europeans can be reached 
with the Gospel. A mass rally, 
sponsored by Youth for Christ in 
Nimes, France, on August 28, was 
attended by 20,000, with 300 profes- 
sions of faith. The Youth for Christ 



team working in Poland, Norway, 
France, and Germany, reported 1,500 
conversions. 

How long before Brethren young 
people will be on the field for Christ 
in Europe? 



SAYS ROGER BABSON— 

"I have not been able to find a 
single useful institution which has 
not been founded by either an in- 
tensely religious man or by the son 
of a praying father or a praying 
mother. I have made this statement 
before the chambers of commerce of 
all the largest cities of the country, 
and have asked them to bring for- 
ward a case that is an exception to 
this rule. Thus far, I have not heard 
of a single one. — The Watchman- 
Examiner. 



BRETHREN TOO? 

Mr. Horace F. Dean, president of 
Christ for America, says, "We des- 
perately need a mighty spiritual 
awakening within the church of 
Jesus Christ, but we cannot have a 
revival until sin is gotten out of the 
way; and what we need most right 
r.ow is for every child of God to 
take time out for a real heart- 
searching in the light of the Bible. 
We will never have a revival until 
God's believing people are willing to 
do this and to shut themselves away 
from the world in quietness before 
God, with His blessed Word in their 
hands, to deliberately have a season 
of personal confession of sin and re- 
pentance with a determination by 
the grace of God to quit their sin- 
ning." — The Sword of the Lord. 



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OFFICIARY 



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RECORDING SECRETARY 
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To ihe Praise of HIS GLORYlfi 



W. M. C. PROGRAM FOR MARCH, 1949 

OPENING— United reading of Psalm 116. 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Each one in the group pray, men- 
tioning at least one burden on her heart. 

HYMN— "If Jesus Goes With Me I'll Go." 

MISSION STUDY— "Choosing a Field." 

TESTIMONIES— About a week before the meeting ask 
a few ladies to give a testimony for her Lord. Plan 
for five to ten testimonies, depending on the size of 
your Council. 

BIBLE STUDY— "All Things Whatsoever I Have Com- 
manded You." 

POEM— "Prayer." 

CLOSING HYMN— "Have Thine Own Way." 



BRAZIL 

It is w'ith real joy that we include in this magazine an 
article on Brazil by our Sister Altig. The Lord willing, 
she and her husband and family expect to leave soon 
for Brazil, where they will pioneer in establishing a new 
mission field for the Brethren Church. Mrs, Altig 
served as our national W, M, C, recording secretary last 
year. Uphold her daily before the throne of grace as 
she goes forth "for His name's sake," 

OUR MAJOR OFFERING FOR GRACE SEMINARY 

The W. M. C. Major Offering for the next three 
months will be for the Grace Seminary library. We 
cannot say too much about the need. Since the Winona 
School of Theology has moved out of the building occu- 
pied by our Seminary and taken their fine library, our 
school stands in real need of increasing its library facil- 
ities. God has blessed Grace Seminary with a larger 
student body this year. This increased number of 
students brings also a greater demand for a well- 
equipped library. 

Here is an opportunity for the W. M. C. to show its 
appreciation of Grace Seminary by giving a liberal 
offering to help meet this need. We gave over $1,600.00 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

"The effectual fervent prayer oj a righteous man 
availeth much" (Jas. 5:16) 

Thanksgiving: For answered prayer for the Altigs in 

their preparation for Brazil. 
Pray for: 

1. The needs of your local Council and for its 
spiritual and missionary emphasis. 

2. The National W. M. C. and its officers. 

3. Grace Seminary and for our offering being 
taken for our Seminary project. 

4. Our missionaries in Africa and for MORE mis- 
sionaries to meet the need of this expanding field. 

5. Our work and workers in South America, that 
God will keep this field open to us and continue to 
meet everv need. 



to the Seminary last year. If each member gives a little 
more this year we can easily reach our goal of $1,800.00. 
Do your best! 



PRAYER 

The weary ones had rest, the sad had joy 
That day, and wondered "how?" 

A ploughman, singing at his work, had prayed. 
"Lord, help them now," 

Away in foreign lands they wondered, "how" 
Their simple words had power; 

At home, the Christians, two or three, had met 
To pray an hour. 

Yes, we are always wondering "how," 

Because we do not see 
Someone, unknown perhaps, far away. 

On bended knee, 

— Author Unknown. 



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All Things 

Whatsoever I Have Commanded You 

(A Study Guide for Dr. Herman A. Hoyf's New Book. Prepared by Angle Garber, Leon, Iowa) 



CHAPTER I. 
lntrodv,ction to Book on Brethren Practices 

The previous book, "This Do in Remembrance of Me," 
was a study of the four ordinances designed as i^ites and 
practiced by the Brethren Church. In this study we 
take up some of the things necessary for the spiritual 
life and health of the church. 

We consider first the Brethren statement of faith: 

1. We believe in the Holy Scriptures. 

2. We believe in the one Triune God. 

3. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit. 

5. We believe in the creation and fall of man. 

6. We believe in salvation by grace thi-ough faith. 

7. We believe in righteous living and good works. 

8. We believe in the existence of Satan. 

9. We believe in the second coming of Christ. 

10. We believe in future life, bodily resurrection, and 
eternal judgment. 

11. We believe in the one true Church. 

12. We believe in separation from the world. 

Our study will be a presentation of the material found 
in the last two points. 

CHAPTER II. 
The Salutation for the Saints 

The kiss has been a token from time immemorial, and 
it is not strange that the Bible should speak of it. It 
has also been sanctified and set aside to sacred use by 
the Christian Church. Tracing the use of the word 
through the Bible we conclude that it always signifies 
affection, whether false or true. 

In Genesis 45:15 it shows intimate relation. 

In I Kings 19:20 it shows respect. 

In I Samuel 10:1 it shows reverence. 

In Psalms 2: 12 it shows worship. 

I. The appearance of the words in the New Testament. 
There are three forms: 

1. The noun "kiss" (philema) is found eight tinies 
in the New Testament (Luke 7:45; 22:48). The root 
means "love" and the word means "that which love 
bestows." 

2. The simple verb "kiss" (phileo) appears 25 times. 
Only three times is it rendered "kiss" and that in con- 
nection with Judas' treachery (Matt. 26:48; Mark 14:44; 
Luke 22:47). In every other case it is translated "love." 

3. The compound verb "kiss" (kataphileo) appears 
five times (Matt. 26:49; Acts 20:37) and conveys the 
impression of passionate display of love by smothering 
with kisses. Judas (Matt. 26:49); the sinful woman 
(Luke 7:38); the father's love for the prodigal (Luke 
15:20); the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:37). 



II. The meaning of the token in the New Testament. 

1. Authorization for the holy kiss (Rom. 16:16; I 
Cor. 16:20; II Cor. 13:12; I Thess. 5:26; I Pet. 5:14). 
Each is a command given to one of the early churches. 
Paul and Peter urge the churches to practice it. 

2. The place where these passages appear — in the 
epistolary and doctrinal section of the New Testament. 
Peter and Paul were commissioned to write down and 
send out these commands. 

3. The meaning of this token in the church. 

a. Communal — only to be observed by believers (I 
Thess. 5:26). 

b. Universal with Christians — for every member of 
this new family (I Thess. 5:26). 

c. Reciprocal — (Rom. 16:16) "one another." It was 
to be given and received by each member, genuinely 
betokening warm affection. It was said of the early 
Christians, "Behold how they love one another." 

d. Personal in its display of affection — showed waiTn 
feeling. 

e. Spiritual in its strength and power — "kiss of love" 
(I Pet. 5:14 ARV). Love adds power. It should mark 
a kinship and bond never to be broken. 

f. Sanctified in its exercise — the kiss is called "holy" 
(Rom. 16:16). This token of affection should be dis- 
played so that it will lose none of its sacred meaning. 

III. The observance of this token in the New Testament. 

1. Used as a salutation among believers — lines were 
sharply drawn between men and women. 

2. Symbol of welcome to new converts — deep feeling 
of welcome into family was expressed by the kiss. 

3. Sign of respect for the newly ordained elders. 
Samuel kissed David after anointing him (I Sam. 10:1). 

4. Token accompanied the Lord's supper, or love 
feast. Most frequently observed here where the sacred- 
ness and holiness is preserved. 

IV. The practice of this token in the church today. 

In the Brethren Church the six things that character- 
ize the meaning of the holy kiss are in operation. 

It is communal — only believers partake of the com- 
munion (I Thess. 5:26). 

It is universal — all engage in it (I Thess. 5:26). All 
who participate in communion observe it. 

It is reciprocal — one kissing another (Rom. 16:16). 

It is personal — kiss is given as a token of personal 
affection (I Cor. 16:20). 

, It is spiritual in overcoming power (I Pet. 5:14). It 
signifies the value of a soul. 

It is sanctified and separated to a sacred use (II Cor. 
13:12). Private confession has been made, defilement 
is cleansed, thus the kiss is invested with all the holiness 
it may ever have in Christian society. 



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Women Manifesting Christ 

By MRS. KENNETH ASHMAN, "booster, Ohio 



When a command is given, three things come to our 
minds. (1) Who is to do it? (2) What are they to do? 
(3) Why are they to do it? 

Our slogan this year is a real challenge to each and 
every one of us. A slogan is not a command, but let 
us look at this challenge from that viewpoint. 

Already we have answered the question as to who is 
to comiplete this command. To our Brethren women, 
and especially those interested in the Brethren Women's 
Missionary Council, do we extend this challenge. 
Women do have a place in Christian service. This has 
been demonstrated down through the years as recorded 
in the pages of the sacred Bible. Let us turn our atten- 
tion to some of these women for the answer to our sec- 
ond question, "What are they to do?" 

First, Hannah is an example of motherly sacrifice. 
She was old in years and had prayed a long time for her 
baby. Can't you imagine the joy that was hers when 
she realized the answer to her prayers? However, 
through all her love for her child, she remained true to 
her promise to God — but "give unto thine handmaid a 
man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the 
days of his life" (I Sam. 1:11). When the child was 
still very tender in years she kept her promise to God 
and took him up to the temple. Even so, women today 
are called upon to make supreme sacrifices to manifest 
the Lord. We may have to give much of our time 
which might otherwise be spent in seeking personal 
desires. We may be called upon to give our children 
into lives of hardship in the service of the King. We 
may be called upon to bear sorrow and persecution — 
"but we count it all joy for Christ's sake." Even when 
we are sincere, we may have to bear persecution as 
Hannah did at the hands of the priests who misunder- 
stood her and considered her "odd." Yes, each and 
every one of us who holds a sincere desire to "manifest 
Christ" will be called upon to make certain sacrifices 
to attain that desired goal. 

Second, Ruth and Naomi present a picture of love, 
the result of true conviction. How the Lord did bless 
Ruth as a result of her decision to choose Godly things 
and people first — "thy people shall be my people, and 
thy God my God" (Ruth 1:16). Women today are 
called upon to make just such decisions. "The love of 
Christ constraineth us" to choose that which will mani- 
fest Christ. It is such an easy thing to allow worldly 
things to allure us and to take first place in our lives, 
reserving only our second best for the Lord. Our love 
for Him must reign supreme, all other matters to be of 
a secondary nature. 

Third, Mary sets forth a beautiful example of devo- 
tion to the Word of the Lord. It was said of her that 
"she hath chosen that good part. " Each of us must 
have "that good part," a daily period of quiet meditation 
and devotion with the Lord. Such periods will enrich 
the life and cause us to continually manifest Christ. 

Fourth, Mary, the mother of Jesus, exemplifies sub- 
mission. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto 
me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38). Many times 



women are anxious to be used of the Lord, but are not 
willing to submit to His will for their lives. Sometimes 
we consider our own ways and means as being quite 
clever, but they somehow do not seem to produce the 
fruits desired. Perhaps it is because we are not wholly 
submitted. Manifesting Christ demands that His way 
be the way for our lives to follo\v. 

Fifth, the mother and grandmother of Timothy dem- 
onstrate one of the greatest opportunities before all 
homemakers — that of teaching. Paul loved Timothy and 
paid many tributes to him. His greatest tribute con- 
cerning the youthful evangelist was that said concern- 
ing his mother and grandmother in II Timothy 1:5 — 
". . . the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt 
first in thj' grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice." 
Here is demonstrated the moulding of a life in such a 
manner that that life may be useful for the Lord. This 
opportunity is one possessed by every mother and a 
wonderful opportunity it is. This is a neglected min- 
istry today. We are overlooking the fact that the most 
pliable years in a child's formative period are those very 
early years near the cradle itself. We would not think 
of letting a child "just grow up" in the physical sense. 
We teach them to eat, to walk, to talk, and to care for 
their bodies. Even so, we must lead a child in every 
spiritual exercise and grace that they may be prepared 
for service to God, as well as to our fellow men. 

This discussion thus brings us to the final question. 
"Why should we accept this challenge?" Recall, please, 
the beautiful and favorite verse of the Bible, John 3:16. 
Here is demonstrated the motivating power behind the 
merciful acts of God toward His wayward children — 
"For God so LOVED the world . . ." Women, this must 
be our motivating power indeed. True, the 17th and 
18th verses of this same passage tell of the condemnation 
that follows lack of belief. However, we should rather 
win through love and not through fear. Our love for our 
God, teamed with our love for the souls of others — these 
are compelling reasons why we should accept the chal- 
lenge to MANIFEST CHRIST. 

Yes, women are definitely called to a position and 
ministry in the service of Christ Jesus. To manifest 
Him, we are called upon to sacrifice, to stand by con- 
victions, to show forth Godly devotion, to be submissive 
to the will of Christ, and to teach others, especially 
those of our own household, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
If the members of our various Women's Missionary 
Councils will demonstrate these Christian virtues, our 
Brotherhood will witness the fruitful ministry oi 
"WOMEN MANIFESTING CHRIST." 



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CHOOSING A FIELD 



By MRS. CLARENCE SICKEL 



A church fulfills its divinely ordained purpose only 
when it wholeheartedly engages in carrying out the 
Great Commission. Our Lord said, "I will build my 
church," and the church that makes the primary objec- 
tive of all its activities the preaching of the Gospel to 
every creature can rest assured that it will be built and 
built so that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 
Only as the church spends itself in seeking to make 
Christ known can she expect to hear the "well done" 
of her Lord. 

It was not until 1900 that the Brethren Church begar 
to realize this truth and see the great missionary pro- 
gram of our Lord — to awaken to the fact that 

"The world's heart is aching, 

Aching in the night; 
And God alone can heal it. 

And God alone give light. 
And the ones to carry the message 

And to speak the living word 
Are you and I, my brother. 

And the millions that have heard." 

Up until that time no attempt had been made to open 
any work in a foreign land. Many of the leaders of the 
church were openly opposed to such an effort, thinking 
that the Brethren Church was too small and too weak to 
attempt any such advanced program. Moreover, there 
were those who felt that the Methodist, Presbyterian, 
and other denominations constituted a sufficient mission 
field for our endeavor. In spite of this feeling, a call 
was issued during the National Conference of 1900 to 
all missionary-minded folks to meet under the trees east 
of the Auditorium at Winona Lake, Ind. There, in an 
atmosphere of prayer, the Foreign Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church was born. 

Three more years were to pass with little or nothing 
accomplished in the way of starting a foreign work. 
There was uncertainty as to the field to which the Lord 
would have them turn. Meantime, a young Persian, a 
graduate of Western Theological Seminary in Persia, 
was taken into the membership of the Philadelphia 
Brethren Church. Contact with him and with other 
. Persians who also united with that church, served to 
instill the missionary spirit within some of the Brethren 
and arouse interest in the land of Persia. Miss Alice 
Harley, an exceptionally able girl, volunteered to go as 
a missionary, but there were no funds. 

Some who attended the National Conference of 1903 
were truly burdened and called upon Rev. Louis S. 
Bauman who was then not a member of the executive 
committee of the Foreign Missionary Society, to make 
an address with a special appeal for foreign missions. He 
was young and inexperienced and there was no time for 
the preparation of a suitable message. But he was an 
instrument that the Lord could use. Not only that day. 
but down through the years since then, he has been, 
without a doubt, the greatest influence for foreign mis- 
sions within our denomination. Into that message went 
all of the burden of his heart, and others, stabbed awake 
somewhat by his burden, were led to lay at the feet of 



t h e Saviour the first offering for Brethren foreign 
missions. 

What a manifestation it must have been! Dr. J. Wil- 
bur Chapman, who sat in the gallery of the Auditorium 
at Winona Lake that Sunday afternoon, described it as 
the greatest sight he had ever seen and the greatest 
thing that had ever happened at Winona up to that 
time. God's people, laying theu- most cherished posses- 
sions upon the altar so that the light of the glorious 
Gospel might go forth. Ed Haskins led the procession, 
giving a gold watch and chain, a gift of the Johnstown 
Church, followed by others with their offerings of jew- 
elry and money. Among the gifts was the wedding ring 
of Mrs. Mary Bauman. "Not in having, or receiving, 
but in giving there is bliss." 

Hearts rejoiced in that the way seemed open to launch 
our first missionary effort. Yonan Auraham was sent to 
Urmia, a city in northwest Persia, to open a mission in 
that same year. But Persia as a mission field for the 
Brethren Church was not in the plan of God. It was to 
other fields that he was calling her. Miss Harley was 
called home to be with Christ very shortly after being 
accepted as a candidate. Charles F. Yoder was sent out 
to investigate the field, but could not get very far be- 
cause of a war on with the Kurds, and so he returned. 
After six years the mission was finally closed because 
of unsettled conditions. 

Several years more were spent in the selection of a 
field. It was not until 1907 that the "Argentine Repub- 
lic and the neighboring states of South America" were 
selected as the "special field of our missionary effort" 
and C. F. Yoder and wife were called as the pioneer 
missionaries. Investigation thi'ough correspondence had 
revealed that while just as needy as other South Amer- 
ican countries, Argentina had the advantage of having 
for its acreage, the most fertile land in the most equable 
climate on the face of the earth. She had modern civ- 
ilization, a progressive people, and full liberty to extend 
the Gospel. More than all, there was the call of mil- 
lions deprived of the message of saving grace. 

Having decided upon the country, the next step was 
to choose the particular district in a land over 2,000 
miles in length with widely differing sections. After 
much prayer and consultation with experienced mis- 
sionaries, it was decided that we should take the south- 
ern part of the province of Cordoba — a district about 
three hundred miles in length and over two hundi'ed in 
width. It is located in the very heart of Argentina, with 
varied resources, a delightful and healthful climate, easy 
access to the large strategic cities, and an open field for 
work. It is today, from a military and industrial point 
of view, the most important section of the country, and 
growing faster than any other major section. It is this 
section for whose evangelization we as a church are 
responsible today before God. May He quicken us all 
to greater love and more zealous effort! 

We praise God for the vision of a perishing world 
given to the early leaders of'i'our church. We believe 
that as long as she retains that vision and is true to it, 
she will prosper. 



February 12, 7949 



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THE NEW FIELD OF BRAZIL 



By MRS. KEITH ALTIG 




MRS. ALTIG 



The country of Brazil can be thought of as being about 
as large as the United States. Since the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society has selected a specific area in which our 
denomination might work I am 
sure everyone would be more in- 
terested in information concern- 
ing it in particular. 

The area chosen lies on the 
north of the Amazon River and 
directly at the mouth of it. This, 
if you will notice on your map. is 
situated exactly on the Equator. 
Also there is a large island, whose 
surface area is about twice as 
large as the State of Massachu- 
setts, which holds forth a tremen- 
dous challenge for missionary 

work. The southern part of the island is now being 
reached by the Unevangelized Fields Mission, with 
headquarters in Belem (Para). 

Some of the largest rivers in the world are found 
here. Ocean steamers can penetrate up the Amazon for 
2,300 miles. It is along these rivers that many people 
live and may be reached by river launch. It has been 
reported that there are only about twelve mission points 
along this Amazon River. 

The climate is always an interesting subject. This 
part of Brazil is in the Torrid Zone and the average 
temperature is from 79 to 81 F., while the average max- 
imum temperature of Para is 100 F. In this region the 
rainy season begins as early as February and lasts into 
August. The whole country is reported to be remark- 
ably free from hurricanes and typhoons. Although this 
is on the geographical Equator, the thermal equator 
runs to the north through Central America. 

Rubber and coffee production are the chief industries 
of the country. The principal food of the people is 
farinha, which is the flour or meal made from the 
manioc, or cassava, from which we also get the familiar 
tapioca. Rice, beans, and beef form a large part of their 
daily diet also. 

The population has been divided into these groups: 
white, SlSc; black, 14%; Indian, 2%; white and black, 
22%; white and Indian, 11%. The language spoken is 
Portuguese and is very similar to Spanish, yet the 
pronunciation is quite different. The people live along 
the rivers in houses built upon stilts. The reason for 
this is that the rivers rise with the tide and overflow the 
banks. Sometimes these houses have thatched roofs 
and the inhabitants might well be sure there are other 
than human beings living there too. Their chief mode 
of travel is by canoe or boat. 

There are also many Indians in the interior; the total 
is computed at 100,000 (i.e., for the whole countrv). 
They are in many cases savage and very wild: to this 
barrier in reaching them for Christ we must add the 
unwillingness of the authorities to permit foreign mis- 
sionaries to operate among them. The following is a 
quotation from the World Dominion of 1945: "The only 



way by which wild Indians may be reached is by quiet, 
patient, unassuming efforts to attract them to the vicin- 
ity of a station already serving as a base for Gospel 
work among Brazilians or tame Indians." 

Both wet and dry season imperil the cattle. On some 
ranches on the island of Marajao they have to stand 
continually in water for thi'ee or four months in the 
rainy season, while toward the end of the dry period, 
in December, water is difficult to obtain. The lakes 
contract and many dry up, and the grass shrivels and 
dries under the sun's scorching rays, so that in bad 
years the animals become very much weakened and 
large numbers die of starvation and thirst. Sometimes 
during this period the cattle get bogged in the mud at 
the side of a lake when going down for a drink and then 
are subject to attacks from caymans, a large species of 
crocodile. A vulture will stand on the back of a sick 
ox waiting until it dies and a few hours afterward there 
is nothing left but a heap of skin and bones. These 
birds are protected on the mainland, for they, along with 
dogs and hosts of ants, are useful in taking over the 
function of the garbage collector. 

Large numbers of bats, caymans, fish, ducks, para- 
keets, and many other birds are to be seen in this section 
of Brazil. 

In this missionary effort, as well as most any other, 
the aim will be to train the national worker to go out 
and reach his own people for Christ. This will most 
necessarily be slow with a new group of missionaries, 
as we must gain the confidence of the people first. 

Since this information has largely been gleaned from 
books and magazines, I hope my next attempt at writing 
will be from experience. I am sure you will see from 
this small amount of information that it will be nothing 
like home, and so whenever you think of Brazil, PRAY 
for us. 




I%£M£MB£I% 

Our Missionaries' 
Birthdays 



AFRICA (18 days via air mail) — 

Albert Balzer March 1 

Verna Marie Dunning (age 4) March 10 

ARGENTINA (S days via air mail)— 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

UNITED STATES— 

Mrs. Wayne Beaver March 2 

Somerset, Ohio, c/o Rev. R. S. Beaver. 

Mrs. Chauncey Sheldon March 21 

Fourth Street, La Verne, Calif. 



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MISS BYRON WRITES 

Bassai Station. 
Dear Members of the W. M. C, 

I want to thank each and every one of you for the 
lovely birthday cards and the messages they brought. 
Some came early and others came a little later. It is 
nice to have a birthday stretch out over a period of 
months instead of all the cards coming in one grand 
rush and then over. I would love to write to every one 
personally but that is impossible. I appreciate your love 
and prayers. You really help us over many a trying 
time. I enjoyed meeting so many of you when I was 
home on furlough and trust that we shall meet again. 

Mrs. Hamilton had a surprise birthday dinner for me. 
There were the four of us stationed at Bassai there. It 
was really a surprise and what a dinner — roast rabbit, 
scalloped cassava, string beans, combination salad, and 
ice cream and cake. The color scheme was pink and 
white and the table looked beautiful. Mabel is an e.x- 
cellent cook. 

I have just closed a teacher-training class for the 
vernacular teachers for bush schools. I had lost all my 
teachers to French school. Mabel is teaching them to 
become French teachers, which we trust will be a 
greater service. It was rather hard on me but the Lord 
will bless the new teachers, I am sure, if they are faith- 
ful. The churches in the villages chose those who 
should attend after they volunteered. Thirty-five in 
all came. A distant village sent in five and none of 
them could read, yet they expected to teach. We had a 
special class for them and they could read before they 
went home. I expect to supervise 20 village schools. 
Pray for these teachers and the children they teach that 
they will accept the Lord and learn to read His Word 
and teach others. Pray that the New Testament in 
Karre will soon reach the field. 

I am expecting to start my girls' school next Monday. 
I just wish you could visit this class of little girls. Some 
have learned to read and others are just in the process. 
Pray that from this cla.ss we might have some teachers. 
I am hoping to take them down to the village and have 
meetings around the fires of the villagers. They have 
learned my songs and Scripture verses. Most of them 
just wear a bustle of leaves or string of beads. Few 
men buy clothes for their children. Some have never 
had a little dress or shoes or hats. If they do have a 
little dress they haven't anything underneath, but they 
are happy and play interesting native games. They love 
to write on slates and color designs. 

We had a district conference for native workers and 
their wives lasting for five days. The program began 
with a 5-o'clock prayer meeting, Bible study, singspira- 
tion, business, and closed with a 5-o'clock service in the 
evening. We had special meetings each afternoon for 
the children. It was rather late in the year and about 
garden time, but we had a very good attendance. We 
have a conference once a year. Brother Jobson had 
killed a couple of hippos and sent up several hunks of 
meat, so the natives were happy. Food is always a 
problem. They bring food with them and their sleeping 
mats. Of course, the only transportation is by foot. 
Some women walk 20 miles or more carrying their 
babies on their hips and a load on their head. They get 
prettj- tired sometimes. 

By the way, thank you for the seeds that many of the 



W. M. C.'s have sent. We appreciate them. We surely 
praise the Lord for our vegetable gardens. We are 
having lovely flowers, too. For native flowers we have 
camel's foot, monkey shoes, elephant ears, cockscomb, 
forget-me-nots, gardenias, bougainvillia, perriwinkles, 
orchids, spider lilies, and red pompoms about six inches 
in diameter. I must tell you about the monkey shoes, 
for they are interesting. The leaves poke through the 
ground all rolled together and the blossom comes up 
right in the center, then the four round leaves flatten 
out on the ground. They look like pond lily leaves. The 
flower is a delicate yellow and they bloom all the 
rainy season. 

Now wouldn't you like to visit us? Mrs. Barnard did 
and enjoyed it and we enjoyed her, but she didn't stay 
long enough. I would enjoy hearing from any of you 
that would care to write. 

Yours in His service, 

Grace Byron. 



WITH THE BALZERS AT M'BAIKI STATION 

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, 
because we love the brethren." 

The work for our Lord here at M'Baiki has a good 
foundation, because the people do love their brethren in 
Christ. Almost every day someone thanks the Lord for 
answering their prayers and at last sending the mission- 
ary to them. They are anxiously awaiting their new 
Baba and Mama (Mother and Father), the Dunnings, 
who are to live in the home here at M'Baiki, and will 
be one with them in the work of the Lord here. 

Although the church here at M'Baiki is not a new 
church, it stiU lacks much in the further training of the 
deeper truths of the Word of God. 

The attendance last Sunday morning was 250, which 
packs the present church building. The chui'ch is look- 
ing forward to the time when their new brick chapel will 
be completed. The bricks are made and there is nearly 
enough money in the treasury to complete the church. 
(This is money that they themselves have given for this 
purpose.) The cost of the chapel is approximately 
16,000 francs. One franc to the native in earning capac- 
ity is just a little less than one dollar earning capacity 
of the American people. We enjoy working and fellow- 
shipping with these people and will miss them when we 
must leave again. 

The workmen have a time of worship every morning 
before work. Several have confessed Christ as a result 
of these morning services, for which we praise the Lord. 

While Al is working with the men, I am kept busy 
from 8 to 11 o'clock teaching boys and girls how to read, 
memorize Scriptures, sing, and to hear a Bible story. The 
attendance is around thirty. Some of these children 
have been born into the kingdom of God. They faith- 
fully come to church and are looking forward to the 
time when they can be baptized. Pray for them. 

Then in the afternoon three days a week the adults 
who wish to learn to read and hear a Bible story come 
for two hours. The other two afternoons in the week 
are for those who are advanced and want to be taught 
the deeper truths from the Word. 

May He be lifted up, lived and preached in these new 
areas that are being occupied to the saving of many 
souls. — Al and Elsie Balzer. 



February 12, 1949 



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0^ Mg^ and Manika 



"BRETHREN HARVEST FIELDS" 



"The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would 

send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). 



CEVOTIONAL PROGRAM FOR MARCH 

LET'S SING— "I Hear Thy Call." "I'll Be Somewhere 

List'ning," "With Eternity's Values in View," and 

"Make Me a Blessing." 
SCRIPTURE— Matthew 25:14-30. 
OPENING PRAYER. 
DEVOTIONAL S T U D Y — "The King's Daughter Is 

Called," or Chapter 6 of "Epistle of Jude." by Dr. 

Ironside. 
SPECIAL NUMBER— "Follow. I Will Follow Thee." 
POEM— "Be Prepared." 
MISSIONARY LESSON— "5,000 Souls for Christ in 

1949." 
PRAYER CIRCLE— Using Prayer Requests. 
S. M. M. BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 



ANNOUNCEMENT— The president wishes to than.k 
the girls for sending in the information that she re- 
quested. Also she wants you to know that the S. M. M. 
pins are ordered and that they will be ready to send out 
soon. So if you have not sent the money for the pins 
along with your order, send it to her as soon as you can. 
For other Sisterhoods that have not ordered, the pins 
will be available to you also. Send your order and the 
money now, because after the first 500 pins are sold, 
they will go up 10% in price. The price is 65c per pin. 



SPICE 

March! What comes to your mind when you think of 
this month? Lions and lambs? Usually we do associate 
these two animals with this month, and since both are 
used as types in the Bible, let's use them in our S. M. M. 
meeting. 

1. Attendance booster. Have two teams, and see 
whether you will have more lions or lambs at your 
meeting. 

2. Scripture quoting. See how many verses you can 
quote that contain the words "lion" or "lamb," or some- 
thing associated with them. 

3. Musical special — for whole group or as a solo: 

(To the tune of "The Bells oj St. Mary's) 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be wanting. 

For goodness and mercy attendeth my way; 
He leadeth my soul by the still waters flowing. 

And thus praise I my glorious Saviour day by day. 

4. Lion and lamb teams could be used in other ways: 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray that the Sisterhood girls will meet the chal- 
lenge and do their part in winning souls this year. 

Pray for the national officers as they look foi-ward 
and make plans for next year's work. 

Remember the requests of your local Sisterhood. 



see which team can bring in the largest offering for our 
camp or education of missionaries children's projects, 
or see which can read the most chapters in our required 
reading for this year, etc. 



BE PREPARED 

The world is in need of you, young folks. 

If your heart is unselfish and true, 
If you'll take the Saviour to be your guide. 

And trust Him in all that you do; 
If you know the Christ who sets men free. 

And with fervor His plans will pursue. 
There's a place to be filled in His vineyard today; 

The world is in need of you! 

There are all around us leaders galore; • . ■ .. .. 

So many want profit and fame; 
There are only a few. compared to the need. 

Who give their best for the name 
Of Jesus — Redeemer and Friend — 

The only hope of gentile and Jew; 
Come, give your service and love to the end. 

The -world is in need of you! 

Then awake, young folks from your stupor of doubt. 

Trust Jesus your faith to renew; 
Don't follow the crowd, but let us resolve 

By His power we'll always be true; 
Go, carry His message to those who are lost. 

That's something all Christians should do; 
Give Him your best, forgetting the cost. 

The world is in need of you! 

— Clifford Lews. 



OFFICIARY 

President— June Bowser. R. D. 2. Box 135. Brookville. Ohio. 
Vice President — Helen Ogden. 500 State St., Johnstown. Pa. 
General Secretary — Ruth Ringler. R. D. 4. Box 210, Johnstown. Pa. 
Treasurer — Pauline Helsel. 802 Third Ave., Duncansville, Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Donna Moine. 809 Wick Ave., Ashland. Ohio. 
Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 1511 Maiden Lane. S. W.. Roanoke, 

Va. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Ethel Simmons. 225 Seventh Ave.. Juniata. 

Altoona. Pa. 
Bandage Secretary — Helen Taber. Winona Lake. Ind. 



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The King's Daughter Is Called 



By MRS. ARTHUR CAREY 



We speak of people being called into various profes- 
sions and walks of life according to their talents or abil- 
ities, or more definitely by the Lord. A king's daughter 
is definitely called to her position by the New Birth. 
As daughters of the Great King (read I Pet. 2:9), we 
are called from darkness into light to show forth the 
praises of Him. That, then, is our job. Sounds rather 
vague, doesn't it? It would make a wonderful study if 
we had space to pursue it here. However, we shall try 
to follow this line of thought thi-oughout this article. 

The question to be answered this month is, "Am I 
called of God into Christian service?" Over and over 
young people have asked me this question and have 
been very puzzled about the whole matter. I was there 
once myself, just completing high school. I recall now 
that I sought advice from our own Dr. McClain, who 
was then teaching some seminary courses in our home 
church. I wanted to go to college but wondered if it 
was God's will for me to spend all that time and money 
when perhaps I should be serving the Lord. Dr. Mc- 
Clain said to me, "You need the experience of showing 
forth a Christian testimony away from your home 
church, away from home, and among those who will be 
either weak Christians, or not saved at all." I found 
out that he was right. I could not expect the Lord to 
use me in a large way unless I first was able to prove 
that I could be used in a small way, and was willing to 
spend time and money to prepare myself. 

The Lord Jesus Himself spent thirty years preparing 
Himself for a ministry of three years. But what a fruit- 
ful ministry that was! It resulted in providing salva- 
tion of which the whole world can avail itself. 

Sometimes we have the idea that a person must be 
through college, have no doubts in his mind, and have 
all bridges burned behind him before he can feel called 
of God to His service. Sometimes it would seem easier 
if this were true. But God often speaks to the heart of 
a willful child or adult long before he is ready, or has 
any idea of serving God. Long and hard is the path of 
many of us before we are fit for His service. Jonah is 
an example of a person called of God but unwilling to 
submit his will to God's. In our next study we'll talk 
about him and see if we want to be like him. 

Tonight, however, we want to find out how God calls, 
when He calls, whom He calls. 

We often think there is a definite time when we are 
ready to begin serving the Lord. There is! It is now! 
Now is the time to prove your loyalty to your Father, 
the King. If we cannot stand out now among our 
schoolmates as loyal daughters and soul-winners, we 
will not be needed when God calls someone to take His 
Gospel across the sea or even across the tracks in your 
own town. He won't care to call you to be a faithful 
worker at home, either, if you are not dependable. 
Some of the most noble sacrifices I have seen are cej-- 
tain individucils who for some reason God never allowed 
to leave the hum-drum life at home, but are still here 
faithfully doing their best in their home church or com- 
munity. They are living lives above reoroach and win- 
ning souls. Apparently it was not God's will for them 



to leave and they would have been miserable failures 
had they tried to go against His will. 

"Well," you say, "how can I know?" Here are three 
things that would be my advice to you: 

1. If you feel willing to be called, proceed with that 
idea in mind. Prepare in school, study your Bible, pray 
for guidance, learn all you can about the various fields 
that might open to you, and, like Abraham Lincoln, 
say, "I will prepare myself, and when the opportunity 
comes, I shall be ready." 

2. Wherever you find yourself right now, be the best 
servant of God (by His grace) that you know how to be. 

3. Don't worry about it. Just trust Him to lead you 
one step at a time. Running ahead or running behind 
God always leads to heartache. 

As a final word, God calls many, but chooses those 
who have made themselves ready. God calls you long 
before you realize it. God calls you through faithfully 
listening for His voice in Bible study, prayer, church 
attendance, and seeking advice of those who have trod 
the way before you. May you take these few words to 
vour heart and prayerfully seek His leading for your 
life. 

I would like to close with a story of William Carey, 
who was a humble shoemakei in England. He later 
became a great missionary to India. 

A friend once said to him, "Mr. Carey, I want to speak 
to you very seriously." "Well," said he, "what is it?" 
The friend replied, "By your going about preaching as 
you do, you are neglecting your business. If only you 
would attend to your business more, you would get on 
and prosper; but as it is, you are simply neglecting your 
business." "Neglecting my business!" said Carey, star- 
ing at his friend. "MY BUSINESS is to extend the 
Kingdom of God. I only cobble shoes to pay expenses " 

Girls, what is your business? 



S. M. M. FELLOWSHIP CORNER 

The Fremont Avenue Sisterhood of South Pasadena. 
Calif., had an interesting meeting in December. They 
spent the week-end at the home of one of their mem- 
bers. On the Sunday morning they gave the Christmas 
story in shadow scenes for the children of a nearby 

migrant camp. They received a real blessing in doing so. 

* * * 

We have had word from the Jr. S. M. M. of Buena 
Vista, Va. They were reorganized last February and 

have eight members now. 

* * ^- 

Greetings from the Washington, D. C, Sr. Sisterhood. 
They are having a contest among the girls in their local 
Sisterhood. The girls with the most points when the 

contest ends in June will receive a Sisterhood pin. 

* * # 

The Sr. S. M. M. of Johnstown had a slumber parly 
at the home of their patroness, Mrs. Ogden, on New 
Year's Eve. During the night they rolled bandages for 
Africa. If you ever had a slumber party you know what 
a good time these girls had. 



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Aev. and Krs. Blaine Snyder 
Winona Lake, Ind. 



^^5,000 SOULS FOR CHRIST 
IN 1949" 

— Is the cry throughout the Brotherhood. And we 
as Sisterhood girls should be enlisting in this great 
evangelistic project. While we are in training awaiting 
the command of our Father to go forth into one of the 
Brethren harvest fields, we can prove ourselves depend- 
able and willing workers right where we are. Are you 
ready for this task? Let us search ourselves as we 
read the words of the tract written by Bill Cady, Fish- 
ers of Men, Box 362, Yakima, Wash. 

"Don't waste time BEGGING GOD FOR A RE- 
VIVAL! Spend that time crying, 'Search me, O God, 
and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts; 
and see if there be any wicked way in me. . . . Create in 
me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within 
me. . . . Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and 
uphold me with thy free spirit. Then (and only then) 
will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall 
be converted unto thee." 

"It is absurd to spend time praying for revival in your 
community unless your will has been submitted to God 
to willingly obey His Word on all instructions. Revival 
must begin in you! If you really want revival, let your 
will be dead indeed unto sin and self-desire, but very 
iTiuch alive to do the will of God, through the indwelling 
Christ. Give the Spirit of God pennission, and the Woi'd 
of God opportunity to reveal to you any sin and wicked- 
ness of your own life. The key which unlocks the door- 
■way to a purging process is a glad willingness to con- 
fess, forsake, and make restitution and restoration to all 
revealed sin. 

"The reason God cannot use your life is because it is 
not usable. You are not a 'vessel unto honour, fit and 
meet for the Master's use.' The sins of selfishness, self- 
will, pride, criticism, backbiting, deceitfulness, jealousy, 
anger, bitterness, strife, dissension, dishonesty, disobe- 
dience, etc., have so dominated and 'plugged up' your 
life that you are not a channel through which the Holy 
Spirit can work. Such abnormality and apostasy is 
because of willful disobedience to the Word of God; 
therefore, the only remedy is confession and forsaking of 
such sin to henceforth walk in prompt obedience to His 
Word. 'Who then is willing to consecrate his service this 
day unto the Lord?' (I Chron. 29:5). 

"Be honest with yourself in these questions: 

"1. Is there any known sin or doubtful sin in my life. 
be it past or present? If so, confess it, forsake it, and 
make restitution at once. Begin to exercise yourself 
'to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, 
and toward men.' It takes justification before men as 
well as before God in order for you to be an effective 
soul-winner. True 'justification by grace through faith' 
before God at time of conversion will immediately result 
in a practical justification and righteousness before men. 
If your justification with God does not result in justifi- 



cation with men, then you have deceived yourself as to 
true justification. God expects you to be blameless and 
unrebukeable before this perverse generation. So walk 
in obedience to God's Word that the unsaved cannot 
hide behind your sinning, inconsistency, and hypocrisy. 

"2. Have I forgiven everybody— EVERYBODY? I 
mean everybody! If not, don't expect forgiveness from 
God for your sins; you will not get it, for God says, 'But 
if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your 
Father forgive your trespasses' (Matt. 6:15). Are you 
yet harboring bitterness, resentment, and jealousy in 
your heart against some brother or sister because of 
anything? Is there a spirit of criticism, bitterness, fault- 
finding, backbiting, or resentment in your heart against 
your pastor, church, or Sunday school teacher? If so, 
it must be confessed to God, AND also to the individuals 
with whom it concerns, and henceforth manifest only a 
spirit of love. If you regard or continue to harbor such 
sins in your heart, the Lord will not hear your prayers 
(Psa. 66:18; Isa. 59:1, 2). It is absolutely necessary that 
you forgive and forget and henceforth make it obvious 
by love, not in word and tongue only, but in deed and 
truth. 'If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, 
he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he 
hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not 
seen?' 

"3. Do I abhor sin in my own life as well as in the 
lives of others? Is there a holy hatred in my heart lor 
"nything that does not glorify God? Or am I rightly 
described in Jeremiah 6: 15, 'Were they ashamed when 
they had committed abomination? nay, they were not 
at all ashamed, neither could they blush . . .' Do I love 
and sei've my selfish will more than God's blessed will? 
Am I quick to rebuke myself for such sins for which I 
criticize others? Is my life such that I can 'reprove, 
rebuke . . . with all longsuflering' the lives of those who 
are not glorifying God? 

"4. Does my heart respond in glad, willing, prompt 
obedience to the Word of God? Or am I quick to obey 
only that v.-hich does not cross miy ■will too much, or in- 
fringe on my selfishness? God demands entire, co.m- 
plete obedience, 'Ye are my friends, IF ye do whatso- 
ever I command you' (John 15:14). 'If ye be willing 
and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; but "if 
ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: 
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.' A character- 
istic of true sons of God is that they are 'led by the 
Spirit of God,' which necessitates following and obedi- 
ence. 'We ought to obey God rather than men.' You are 
better to ofTend ten thousand friends than disobey God. 

"5. Do I witness of Jesus' saving grace to everyone 
I contact? Or am I ashanied to v/itness for the Lord 
Jesus in the presence of some of my friends? Am I 
limiting God by failing to let the Spirit testify of Jesus 
to others through me? (Matt. 10:32, 33). 

"Do you really thirst for revival in your own heart'' 
Are you willing to meet God's requirements on all 
issues? Will you say an eternal 'Yes' to the will of God 
for your life right now, cost what it may? It will mean 
no less than death to your own will, to be a ready serv- 
ant to the living God henceforth. 

"Oh, Christian, awake! Hell is filling — judgment is 
sure; does it mean nothing to you? The world is saying 
"Except I see, I cannot believe.' The world is waiting 
to see you walk in glad obedience to that which j'ou 
profess to believe." 



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OLUME n, NUMBERS 



HOME MISSION NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 19, 1949 




THE NEW SUNDAY SCHOOL ADDITION AT THE 
TRACY, CALIF., HOME MISSION CHURCH 



PROGRESS IN TRACY 

The need for more building facilities at Tracy, Cali- 
fornia, has been recognized for some time. That need 
has now been met by the construction of a splendid 
addition to the Tracy plant. New Sunday school rooms 
are now available for the growing Sunday school. Addi- 
tional auditorium space for regular services is a new 
feature. 

The Brethren Home Missions CouncU believes that 
this represents a definite foi-ward step in Home Missions 
and is another dividend for those who have prayed and 
given to the work. 

We congratulate the pastor. Bro. Ralph Rambo, and 
the congregation working with him in the Tracy field. 



TRACY DEDICATES SUNDAY SCHOOL UNIT 

By Ralph E. Rambo, Pastor 

On October 3 the First Brethren Church of Tracy, 
California, dedicated their new Sunday school unit. 
The Tracy folk have been looking forward for a long 
time to the day when they could build this addition. 
They began preparation for the building under the min- 
istry of Bro. Thomas Hammers, who labored faithfully 
on the field for five years. The desire of his heart was 
to have adequate room for expansion and growth, and 
while it was not his privilege to see this accomplished 
during his ministry, he was happy when it was com- 
pleted. It was fitting and proper that he should be the 
one to give the dedicatory message. Dr. L. S. Bauman 
and his wife were also present, and Dr. Bauman gave 
us two thrilling messages on prophecy. 

The attendance was excellent, with over two hundred 
at each of the three services. We were happy to have 
with us delegations from Brethren churches at Modesto, 
Manteca, and Lathrop, also Pastor Virgil Ingraham from 
Stockton. We were also pleased to have with us the 
Rev. and Mrs. Frank Gehman (a brother of Ord Geh- 
man, pastor at Berne, Ind.), who is now pastor of a 
Baptist church in Stockton. 

A fellowship dinner was served in the new basement, 
and all in all it was a grand and glorious occasion. 

The new addition is 28 by 48 feet with a full base- 
ment. This gives us an assembly room for the chil- 
dren's department, four additional classrooms on the 
main floor, and a modern kitchen and fellowship hall 
in the basement. We regret the fact that we did not 
take pictures of the group on dedication day, but the 
accompanying picture shows the building as it is today. 
(See cover.) 




PASTOR AND MRS. RALPH RAMBO 
Tracy, Calijomia 




TRACY, CALIF., BRETHREN 

Young People are seen in two upper views, and 
congregation in lower picture. 



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As the Editor Sees It 



By L. L. GRUBB 




A CHALLENGE TO THE BRETHREN CHURCH 

New England needs the Gospel! Today in New Eng- 
land alone there are one thousand church buildings 
which are either standing deserted and decaying or have 
been turned to some other use. This means that there 
are 2,000 Gospel services a week less than before. 

Of 1,400,000 children in New England primary and 
secondary schools, more than 1,100.000 are without any 
religious instruction. 

In one New England State 21 per cent of all the towns 
have no church services! 

The Roman Catholic Church is in the ascendancy. 
Hardly a city over 50,000 can claim a Protestant ma- 
jority. 

What is wrong? 

Two things! First, the Protestant churches have lost 
their power and message through modernism and form- 
alism and, secondly, evangelicals have failed to step in 
and meet the need. 

The cradle of Christianity in America has become a 
hotbed of apostasy and Roman Catholicism. Of this the 
Puritan fathers would not approve. It is high time that 
evangelical groups begin establishing churches in the 
New England area. It will be difficult, but time will 
greatly add to the problems. 

We have a conservative message for the conservative 
people of the New England States and the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches should be reaching 
into that area and establishing new churches. Let us 
pray for such opportunities. 

DO COMMUNISTS HAVE MINDS? 

This may sound like a strange question and it cer- 
tainly does carry some inference. It is based on a state- 
ment recently sent by a friend and quoted from a cur- 
rent magazine. 

Said this writer, "Communism's biggest appeal is to 
people who are tired of trying to make up their own 
minds Don't follow carefully disguised half-truths. 
Think for yourself!" 

The truth is that in a very large measure the Com- 
munist is forced to turn his freedom of thought over to 
a master-mind who at pi-esent is Josef Stalin. This 
master-mind orders his life in about every respect. One 
of the reasons the Communist gets tired trying to make 
up his own mind is the penalty for doing so under strict 
dictatorship. To make up your own mind in Russia 
may mean your death or imprisonment. Strictly speak- 
ing, then, a man does not necessarily need a mind to be 
a Communist, or to follow any absolute dictator. The 
tragic fact is that people living under such a regime do 
ultimately stop thinking for themselves and become 
listless robots. 

Thank God for freedom of thought and lawful action 
in America and for our system of free enterprise. These 
are some of the things which contribute greatly to 
America's strength and should be jealously guarded. 

When a man's freedom of thought ceases, his freedom 



of religious worship also ceases. This has been illus- 
trated in Russia and in the plan of every dictatorship. 
We must think for ourselves if we will find eternal sal- 
vation and the will of God for our lives and we must 
not allow any power to deprive us of this freedom. 

CATHOLIC MATHEMATICS 

More proof that Catholicism is a religion of works and 
not of grace is found in a recent report in The Converted 
Catholic. 

Archbishop Gushing and a whole boatload of pilgrims 
sailed to Rome last year with an elaborate book record- 
ing 157,758.175 good works for delivery to Pope Pius XII. 
All those who performed the works were carefully noted 
in the book. 

We wonder why they didn't just commend these good 
works to the God of all grace and let it go at that! 

FBI HOOVER SPEAKS 

Our respect for the thinking of J. Edgar Hoover, of 
the FBI, has increased with the release of another state- 
ment which strikes at the heart of our problems. 

"If there is any hope for the future of America, if 
there is to be peace and happiness in our homes, then 
we as a nation must return to God and the practice of 
daily prayer. Can we have eternal peace without mo- 
rality, can we build homes without God, or have worthy 
parents who do not know and practice His teachings? 
Our nation is sadly in need of the rebirth of the simple 
life — a return to the days when God was a part of each 
household, when families arose in the morning with a 
prayer on their lips and ended the day by gathering 
together to place themselves in His care. 

"A godless home is built upon sands; it is inviting 
breeding ground for moral decay and crime. My hope 
for the future of this nation is predicated upon the faith 
of God which is nurtured in the family." 

JUDAISM LOOKING FOR MISSIONARIES 

Rabbi Dr. Bernard J. Bamberger recently issued a 
veiy interesting statement which may indicate a slight 
trend among the orthodox Jews. 

Said the rabbi, "It is one of the strange perversities 
of history that many Jews today think it is unnecessary, 
or even improper, for us to seek converts to our religion. 
Such an attitude is fundamentally illogical. If our re- 
ligion is as good as we say it is, we ought to bring its 
message to others. If it has no value for the world at 
large why do we stick to it? 

"It is not only legitimate, it is obligatory for those 
who believe in any important value — be it scientific, 
moral, economic, political, or religious truth — to bring 
their message to the world. Those who have convic- 
tions must share them — otherwise they raise the pre- 
sumption that their convictions are neither deep nor 
genuine." 

Rabbi Bamberger's logic is perfect. Indeed, if their 

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February 19, 1949 



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Home Missions Travelog 



BY THE SECRETARY 




WINONA LAKE, IND. 

Not often do we have an opportunity to attend serv- 
ices in our home church. Time was taken out for a 
Home Mission service at Winona and it was a blessing 
to fellowship with the Brethren there. The Winona 
Lake church has been missionary-minded and its gifts 
to all interests of the church have been in the higher 
brackets. 

FORT WAYNE, IND. 

To see a building which is beautiful in its simplicity 
you must visit the Fort Wayne Brethren Church. Those 
who can compare the old building with the renovated 
one marvel at the change. We are able to see substan- 
tial growth each time we visit this church where Bro. 
John Aeby is pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO 

Both Dayton churches were visited during one Sun- 
day and splendid fellowship enjoyed with the two con- 
gregations. This great city is a challenging field and 
should have at least one other Brethren church. 

YOUTH RALLY AT ASHLAND 

Recently, in the newly renovated Ashland West Tenth 
Street Church, we had the privilege of speaking to a 
fine young people's group attending an Ohio rally. We 
greatly enjoyed this fellowship with those who are the 
Brethren Church of tomorrow. 

JUNIATA, PA. 

Praise the Lord for victories in Juniata! The walls 
are completed and the new building is well on its way. 
Our pastor, Bro. Philip Simmons, and the Juniata con- 
gregation are to be congratulated on their hard and 
sacrificial work. 

SHARPSVILLE, IND. 

This is a fine testimony in a small community where 
fundamental Christians are at a premium. We always 
enjoy ministering to these Brethren. Many closed 
churches in these United States should be opened and 
used by Brethren people just as this one at Sharpsville-. 

NEW TROY, MICH. 

Another self-supporting church! This is the report 
from New Troy. In spite of the inclement weather we 
found a large attendance at the New Troy church dur- 
ing our recent visit. Bro. Leslie Moore is leading the 
church in a strong testimony throughout the countryside. 

BERRIEN SPRINGS, MICH. 

Praise the Lord for Brethren families who are trying 
to start Brethren churches wherever they are! This is 
the story with the Frank Crawford family. Moving 
from South Bond, where they played a large part in the 



establishment of our fine church, the Crawford family 
is now at the same business in Berrien Springs. This is 
a small community, but shows the same need for the 
Gospel with very little of the pure Word being preached. 
The Council is now probing this situation and wUl be 
thankful for the prayers of the Lord's people. The New 
Troy folks are also vitally interested in this new project. 

HARRISBURG, PA. 

A short investigation of the Harrisburg field has just 
been completed and brings us up to date on the spiritual 
needs of that great Pennsylvania city. Definite plans 
are being made to endeavor to enter this area. The 
prayers of Brethren people are earnestly solicited for 
wisdom and the miracle-v.'orking power of God. 

NEW JEEP 

The new Jeep station wagon is on its way to Taos, N. 
Mex., to be used in our Spanish work. How grateful 
we are to the W. M. C. for their splendid gifts which 
have made the purchase of this vehicle possible. It will 
certainly be one of the most valuable instruments on 
that field. 

ANOTHER JEEP 

Another Jeep is being purchased by the Boys Broth- 
erhood for use among the Navajo Indians in the west. 
It will be used to transport them to the mission station 
and in general for the work. A great and pressing need 
has been met by this fine action and generosity of the 
Brethren boys. Praise God for the Christian vision of 
our boys who are the preachers and missionaries of the 
future. 

CLAYHOLE, KY. 

Never have we visited Clayhole without receiving a 
real blessing. Our recent visit and survey of the work 
with our fine missionary. Bro. Sewell Landrum, was 
most profitable. 

When we arrived, Brother Landrum was locating a 
large speaker in the tower of the Clayhole church for 
use with a record player and P.. A. system. What a 
thrill it was to hear the Gospel songs reverberating 
along these Kentucky hills where there is such a great 
spiritual need for the teaching of the Word. 

With the increase in attendance at our mission it has 
become an absolute necessity to think of how we may 
increase the size of the present building. This is diffi- 
cult because of lack of funds and we are sincerely pray- 
ing that the Lord will provide in this matter to care for 
the teaching of the multitudes of young people in the 
area. 

We were thrilled by reports of the successful school 
work, with as many as 56 classes being reached in one 
month. The work in Kentucky is really a fulfillment 
of the Great Commission. 



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From Tracy — 

We baptized three Sunday night, a fine young mother 
and her two boys, and recently received two young 
couples with two children each into membership. The 
Lord has sent us a young man to lead our singing. Our 
prayer meetings have taken on new life. 

Our finances are good. The offering for the past two 
Sundays has been $100.00 each Sunday. Our Home 
Mission offering was $402.00, which isn't so bad con- 
_ sidering the fact that we were in a building program. 

We are expecting the Lord to do wondrous things in 
our meeting with Bro. R. Paul Miller March 15 to 27. 
Pray for us. 

From Spokane — 

We are in a meeting here and what a meeting! The 
place is being shaken for sure. You'd rejoice to see 
people come weeping their way down the aisle and fail- 
ing on their knees at the altar. You ought to see sister 
going after sister and daughters after their parents. 
Brother Miller can hardly keep his feet on the ground, 
and that goes for us too. Our prayers and faithful 
preaching have not been in vain. 

There have been six new members received during 
the first week of the revival and there is a much greater 
interest in soul-winning and prayer life. 

From Albany — 

We surely thank and praise the Lord for giving us 
a building completed enough to use in worshipping Him 
and preaching the Gospel to those who come. 

From Bellflower — 

We have been richly blessed of the Lord far beyond 
our iust deserts. Our net gain for last year was 20, and 
so far this year we have exceeded our 1948 net gain. 
For this we give the Lord the glory. 

From South Bend — 

Our Home Mission offering is over $600.00, which is 
about a 45% increase over previous years. We have 
been averaging 90 in Sunday school attendance, which 
is almost double one year ago. For this we praise the 
Lord. 

From Johnson City — 

At the Bible class Thursday night we had an attend- 
ance of 16, and I was the only one from Limestone. We 
didn't have enough song books and "Bible Truths" for 
everyone, but we got along very nicely. We are study- 
ing the section on the Doctrine of Christ, and we had a 
good meeting. That was our largest attendance thus 
far. It surely rejoiced my heart. There are a lot of 
people in Johnson City who are disgusted at what they 
are getting, or not getting, in their own churches and 



are looking for a church that believes, teaches, and 
preaches the whole Word of God. If we can get a build- 
ing, I'll comb that community with a fine-tooth comb 
for Ckrist. 

From Mansfield — 

Thought I might write you a few lines about the work 
here. The Lord is continuing to bless us, and we have 
really had a wonderful quarter. If we had many quar- 
ters like this, with a corresponding growth, we would 
soon have to build a second church, or something. But 
then, there come times when we reap a harvest of that 
which we have sown in previous months. Such has 
been the case here. 

I am happy to report that our Home Mission offering 
will show about a 60% increase this year. It looks as 
though it will be around $1,200. I am certainly glad for 
the increase and hope it is fairly general over the 
Brotherhood. Last night at the business meeting I 
noticed that the avei-age offering of our congregation for 
the last quarter was $316.20 a week, which surely did 
my heart good. 

Our special Christmas program filled our church with 

274 people for one service. 

From Modesto — 

Our attendance is continuing to pick up. Nearly 
every service the place is full and some out in the side 
room. We have taken in eight new members, five of 
these by baptism, the past few weeks. 

From Taos — 

Just a line to let you know things are going fine. Have 
been having good attendance and souls are being saved. 
Had a fine Christmas program Friday night with over 

275 there. Tonight in Arroyo Hondo there were over 
50 for prayer meeting. 

We still don't have water but some of the men cleaned 
it out today. It costs $5.00 a foot to drill and they said 
it would probably take 100 feet. Pretty costly business. 

From Yakima — 

All outstanding bills are now provided for, and while 
we have needs for the future, this is a real blessing to 
the folks here. 

The organization of the church has been completed so 
that now we are a fully organized and acting church 
body. 

From Osceola — ■ 

Praise God for the uniting with our fellowship of 
seven adults and one child, with six adults awaiting 
baptism and membership. We have grown from 69 to 
80 already this year! A number of men and women, 
boys and girls were saved during the January revival 
meetings. 

New collection plates and a tract rack have been 
supplied through a generous saint of God for which 
we praise Him. 

From Clayhole — '■ 

Interest has been created among the boys who have 
been attending the Boys Brotherhood. 

A decision was made by a young father in our after- 
noon Sunday school. 

From Juniata — 

We report with a shout that our building is now en- 
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NF.WS OF HOME MISSION NRRDS 



Folloiving is a list of urgent needs i?i various Home 
Mission points. If you would he able to fill any of these 
needs or know of someone who would he interested in 
helping fill these needs, contact the Home Missions 
office in Winona Lake for further information. 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — 

1. Additional Sunday school room. 

2. Baptismal robes. 

Bellflower, Calif. — 

1. Need two pianos immediately. 

2. Desperately in need of a bus to contact unchurched 
areas. 

Third Los Angeles, Calif. — 

1. An addressing machine so Gospel tracts and liter- 
ature can be regularly sent to prospects. 

2. 50 new hymn books. 

3. An outdoor electric sign to advertise the church 
on the highway. 

4. 50 folding chairs for Bible school. 



Yakima, Wash. — 

1. Communion equipment. 

Spokane, Wash. — 

1. 100 new hymn books. 

Taos, N. Mex. — 

1. Used clothing is needed badly. 

2. Drilled well, approximately 100 feet, at $5.00 per 
foot. 

South Bend, Ind. — 

1. Need floodlighting badly for the outside of the 
building, costing approximately $200. 

Clayhole, Ky. — 

1. Additional Sunday school rooms, 

2. Christian records for P. A. system. 

3. Material for bandages for the S. M. M, 

Johnson City, Tenn. — 

1. Used portable organ or piano. 

2. Song books. 



AS THE EDITOR SEES IT 

(Continued from Page 115) 

religion is as good as they sav it is, why aren't they 
seeking converts? One of the fundamental practices 
and tenets of all religions is to seek converts. Indeed, 
if it has no value to the world at large, why stick to 
Judaism? There is the crux of the matter! 

The fact is, it has no eternal value for the world at 
large! It denies the efficacy of Christ's atoning sacrifice! 
It denies His deity! Such denials channeled through 
Judaism are just as abominable in the sight of God as 
they would be through any other religion. Judaism has 
no value for the world today! However, if properly 
evaluated in the light of the New Testament, it cer- 
tainly should lead men to the risen Christ who alone 
can save. 

Wouldn't it be an interesting experience to have a 
Jew try to convert you to Judaism? We would welcome 
that experience as an opportunity for testimony! 

This simply serves to emphasize the need of all Jews 
for Jesus Christ and expresses an appeal to our churches 
at a time when we have our first missionaries to the 
Jews entering the field. May God help us to lead some 
in Israel to the place where real spiritual values are 
found. 



THAT WHICH BRINGS SALVATION 

(Romans 10:17) " . 

1. Product — "So then faith" 

2. Process — "Cometh by hearing" 

3. Principal Element — "And hearing by the Word of 
God." 

(C. S. Zimmerman. Waynesboro, Pa.) 



TAOS CLOTHING ROOM EMPTY 

Monday afternoon you will see folks coming from all 
over Taos to our clothing room. However, we are going 
to have to close it soon, if we do not receive some cloth- 
ing. Perhaps you didn't know we could use used cloth- 
ing. We can — and lots of it! Some folks no doubt have 
been waiting to see if we would continue to need cloth- 
ing. If you have been waiting,' please send them off 
immediately. The best way to send the clothing to us 
is by railroad to Santa Fe. This is our nearest railroad 
and works out very nicely. 

The clothing room has been the means of winning 
many new families to our church and, most important, 
to the Lord. It is required of all to sit down and listen 
to the reading of God's Word before any clothing may 
be selected. Please look in your closet and see if you 
have any clothing you could send to the mission, 

(Send all clothing to Mrs. Roberta Kliewer, Taos, N. 
Mex.. via Santa Fe.) 



■ FROM H. M. FIELDS TO H. M. FRIENDS 

(Continued from Page HI) 

closed from the storm and that work is progressing. We 
are indeed grateful for the way He has undertaken for 
us for funds and materials that our building is under 
roof in four and one-half months from the time work 
began. 

In spite of the fact we have been crowded into small 
second-floor quarters our Sunday school and worship 
service attendances have grown since that of the pre- 
ceding year. We have had 22 to come into the mem- 
bership of the church including five adult men, six adult 



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FORT WAYNE, IND.. a former Brethren Home Mission Church, now a strong, self-supporting church and a faith- 
ful (and liberal) friend of other Brethren Home Pilission churches. In the upper left is a view of the Fort Wayne 
church as it appeared before the recent remodeling progi-am, which gave it the improved appearance as seen in 
the picture immediately below. The pastor is John Aeby. 



ladies, three of high-school age, and eight who were 
younger. This is true even though we were not per- 
mitted to have any special services. 



The oneness and spirit of our church is most won- 
derful, and we surely with all humility give the Lord 
thanks. 



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^ I S IP A IE IL C A IL IL S ! ^ 



WHO CAN ABIDE THE DAY OF THE LORD? 



By BRUCE L. BUTTON 



The complete view of the end-time afforded by ihe 
Prophet Joel is all the more remarkable when we realize 
this prophet came into view at the very beginning of 
written prophecy. This prophet of Judah probably ex- 
ercised his ministry during the reign of Joash or Uzziah. 
Still, when reading his prophecy, we are hard put to 
find a fuller revelation in the Old Testament of the end- 
time. It has seemed to me, as I have read this portion 
of God's Word again and again, there are three verses 
which summarize the thought of the whole book. These 
verses are 2:11, 2:32, and 3:16. 

In verse 2:11 the prophet makes the query, "The day 
of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can 
abide it?" The answer to which is "no one"! That is 
none except as is specified later in the prophecy. Thus 
this is a question that we are well able to put to any- 
one, but it is particularly fitting at this time that we 
ask this question of our Jewish brethren. The Jews of 
today have just experienced some "great" and "very 
terrible" days and millions of these people have not 
been able "to abide" these days even though they were 
instituted by mere men. To read the story of what has 
happened in Germany, in Poland, in Russia, in Spain — 
yes, and even in their homeland, Palestine — is like read- 
ing of the blood baths of the Middle Ages. The late 
Franklin D. Roosevelt sounded the sentiments of all 
right-thinking men when he said, regarding this situa- 
tion, "I myself could scarcely believe that such things 
could occur in the twentieth-century civilization." And 
yet occur they do, even among so-called Christians. 
Therefore, beloved, it behooves us that we carry this 
message to the Jew: he along with the rest of the 
unsaved world cannot expect to abide the "Day of the 
Lord" any more than the millions of their people that 
have met violent death in the last few years have been 
able to survive this recent "Day of Man." 

Now I want you to note that the prophet did not stop 
his proclamation with this message. Had he done so 
discouragement would have ovei-powered his people. 
Observe that he continues writing under the influence of 
the Holy Spirit to show that there will be some who 
shall be able to stand in that day. In verse 2:32 he 
makes the glorious proclamation, "And it shall come to 
pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord 
shall be delivered." Thank God it is not just the Jew, 
not just the gentile, but "whosoever" shall call shall be 
delivered of that great and very terrible day. For 
almost 2,000 years countless gentiles have been calling 
on the name of the Lord and, praise His name, there 
have also been "some" Jews that have done likewise. 
Today, as in every age, there is a vast multitude of Jews 
who do not know of, let alone understand, the meaning 
of calling upon the name of the Lord. Why is this? 
Paul says, "blindness in part is happened to Israel." and 
this is to be until the "fulness of the gentiles be come 
in." However, as far as the Christ-saved saint is con- 
cerned this fulness has been realized in Him, and that 
it might be realized more fully in His body, the Church. 



he should strive to the utmost to touch ALL unsaved, 
both Jew and gentile, with the blessed Gospel, that there 
might be a clear understanding as to what is necessary 
in "calling upon the name of the Lord." You and I, 
brethren, not only have an obligation to other gentiles, 
we also have an obligation to fulfil to the Jew, for "sal- 
vation is of the Jews." We must fulfil this obligation by 
a positive effort to reach the Jew for Christ. 

It will be then and only then that the Jew will be 
able to understand the depths of Joel 3:16, "The Lord 
will be the HOPE of his people, and the strength of the 
children of Israel." Let us pray, let us give, but most 
of all, let us TESTIFY towards this end. 

To assist those anxious to testify to Jews we will be 
happy to forward upon request tracts and literature 
suitable for Jewish consumption. Address the request 
to the writer. Box 137, Winona Lake, Ind. 



The Hebrew Christian as a Citizen 

"Neither does our love for our people Israel in any 
way alienate us from our fellow-citizens. A Hebrew 
Christian is a good American, a loyal Canadian, a good 
citizen of whatever country in which the Lord has cast 
his lot. He seeks to serve it with all his life and talents. 
A God-fearing man or woman brought up on the Word 
of God will always make an excellent, valuable, and 
loyal citizen. 

"Hebrew Christians have brought credit to the coun- 
tries of their citizenship. Any nation would have cause 
to be proud of such names as Felix Mendelssohn, the 
great composer; Neander, the historian; Paul Cassel, the 
scholar; Disraeli, the grand statesman; the Herschels, 
the famous astronomers; Flad, the great missionary; 
Bishop Shereshevsky. translator of the Chinese Bible 
and founder of St. John's University, Shanghai; Rosen- 
thal of Afghanistan, martyr and ambassador for Christ: 
to mention only a few." — Victor Bukshazen, Hebrew 
Christian Alliance Quarterly. 



Karl Marx 

"Jews have often been blamed for their ready accept- 
ance of the Communists' creed. But let us look at facts. 
That Karl Marx was of Jewish extraction does not prove 
much. He was baptized into the church in his early 
childhood and grew up entirely under the influence of 
German culture. His attitude toward the Jews was not 
a friendly one. His attitude toward Judaism was def- 
initely hostile. He derived his philosophy not from the 
synagogue, but from the German university, and his 
teacher was not the Jewish rabbi, but the German 
Professor Hebel. Marx belongs to those completely 
assimilated Jews who excelled themselves in anti- 
Jewishness. Neither Communism nor Fascism is the 
Jewish ideal, nor the expression of the Jewish spirit." 
— Salivation. 



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SOUTH BEND, IND., BRETHREN HOME MISSION CHURCH. Pastor and Mrs. William H. Clough are shown in 
upper left, and various Sunday school classes in other pictures. 



AN APPRECIATION FROM MRS. KLIEWER 



"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; 
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will 
help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of 
my righteousness." How I thank the Lord for the rich 
promises of His Word. 

I cannot express \vith words how much I have appre- 
ciated the letters, gifts, and prayers of Christian friends 
all over the Brotherhood. I would like to write to every 
one of you personally, but since the responsibility is. 
greater for us now, I find that to be impossible. Be 



assured every gift was put to good use and the letters 
helped so much. Please feel free to write again and 
most of all continue to pray. 

From our human standpoint it seems all wrong. So 
many plans were in the making for the work here. 
Souls were being saved and Christians were growing in 
the Lord. No one enjoyed his work for the Lord more 
than Al did. BUT — his work must have been done. 
God called, and today he is enjoying all of Glory in the 
presence of Jesus Christ Himself. What more could we 
want for him? 



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The 14th anniversary of the church 
in Cleveland, Ohio, was celebrated 
Jan. 30. Dr. R. E. Gingrich preached 
the Word, and the male quartet of 
the Akron Bible Institute brought 
special music. In the last two 
months there have been 12 public 
renewals of faith in which decisions 
were made to put away sinful prac- 
tices. A young people's choir and 
Gospel team have been organized, 
and their ministry has already re- 
sulted in the salvation of souls. 

Dr. L. S. Bauman held a Bible 
conference at Covington, Va., during 
the week ending Feb. 4, with Bill 
Smith as song leader. The addition 
to the church building will probably 
be in use by the time this is read. 
The congregation has voted to buy a 
new 40-passenger Dodge bus. 

Since the church at Camden, Ohio, 
built more Sunday school rooms, the 
attendance has increased 25 per 
cent, and more strangers are coming 
to the services. 

Rev. Sewell Landrum, pastor at 
Clayhole, Ky., spoke recently over 
Station WMTC, the most powerful 
radio station in eastern Kentucky. 
Rev. R. D. Barnard will speak at the 
Clayhole church Feb. 28 and March 1. 

The leading article in the Febru- 
ary issue of Prophecy Monthly was 
written by Dr. L. S. Bainnan on the 
theme, "Prophetic Spotlight on the 
National Election." In the article 
Dr. Bauman suggested that Presi- 
dent Truman's reelection misht be 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S,E.. Washington 20. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D, 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Youth Ralph Colburn 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



traced to his friendliness toward 
God's chosen people, Israel. 

Rev. Glen Welhorn's new address 
is 940 E. 4th St., Albany, Oreg. 

Rev. J. L. Gingrich was installed 
as pastor of the chuivh in Sterling. 
Ohio, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6. The 
sermon was given by his brother. 
Dr. R. E. Gin.grich. Several pastors 
of the district took part in the serv 
ice, and music was furnished by the 
Akron Bible Institute male quartet 

The laymen of the Northwest Dis-- 
trict will hold a rally at Yakima, 
Wash., Feb. 26. 

The church at Soiith Bend, Ind., 
recently enjoyed a four-day mis- 
sionary conference, with inessages 
by Rev. Wayne Beaver and Rev. R, 
D. Barnard, and with an average at- 
tendance of 60. They are expecting 
to en.ioy a missionary rally with the 
Altigs, Sunday, Feb. 20. The aver- 
age Sunday school attendance dur- 
ing January was 94. 

Sunday morning services of t h e 
Martinshurg, Pa., church will be 
broadcast over Station WVAM, Al- 
toona, during the months of April 
and May. 

Dedication of the first unit of the 
nev.' church building in Jenners, Pa., 
was postponed until Sunday after- 
noon, Feb. 20. 

Brethren students in southern Cal- 
ifornia will enjoy a banquet at the 
Whittier church, Feb. 25. 

Rev. R. Paul Miller is holding 
evangelistic meetings at Yakima, 
Wash., Feb. 7-27. 

The Bible school at the First 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., had an 
average attendance of 881 last year, 
with total offerings reaching $15,- 
206.07. A total of 12,859 boys and 
girls were brought to the school by 
the transportation committee in 
busses and autos. The average 
morning church attendance was 679. 
with 481 in the evening. The ten 
C. E. societies averaged 251 in 
weekly attendance. 

Additional Bible readers for 1948, 
reported from Leeshurg, Ind., are 
Mrs. Orville Coy, Mrs. Mary Hepler. 
John Staup, Kayle Staup, and Mrs. 
Pardee Warstler. 

The Ghent church, Roanoke, Va., 
will hold evangelistic meetings 
March 13-25, with an Australian 
evangelistic party in charge. Trevor 
M. Morris is the evangelist, and 
Frederic R. Levett the song leader. 



A Somerset, Pa., newspaper re- 
ports that while Rev. Paul L. Mohler, 
pastor of the church at Listie, Pa., 
was preaching in opposition to cre- 
mation, the church stoker entered 
into the spirit of the occasion by 
breaking down, leaving the congre- 
gation farther from cremation tem- 
peratures than usual. 

At a largely attended business 
meeting, the First Church, Philadel- 
phia, Pa., gave the pastor. Dr. A. V. 
Kimmell, a vote of confidence to 
continue as pastor. He has been 
pastor of the church for 19 years. 
Offerings at the church dui'ing the 
last year amounted to more than 
twenty thousand dollars. 

Dr. Louis S. Bauman's new ad- 
dress is 3712 Carpenter St. S. E., 
Washington 20, D. C. 

Rev. Richard Btirch, student in 
Grace Seminary, was called to his 
home in Long Beach, Calif., early 
this month on account of the death 
of his father, Bro. Raymond F. 
Burch. The father has contributed 
several articles to the Missionary 
Herald in recent years. 

Plans for an August wedding are 
being made by Miss Dorcas BaTnard 
and Mr. Harold Beaver. Miss Bar- 
nard is secretary to her father in the 
Winona Lake office of the Foreign 
Missionary Society. Mr. Beaver is 
a brother of Rev. Wayne Beaver, 
missionary to Africa. 

There were six decisions for Christ 
at a recent Sunday evening service 
at Troy, Ohio, most of them being 
made by high-school boys. Of the 
48 people present at the service, 42 
were young people. Permission has 
been granted the church to install 
gas heating equipment in the new 
church, so that what was planned 
for the coal room can be used for an 
additional class room. However, 
Central District churches should 
know^ that funds are lacking for fur- 
ther progress on the building. 

Revival meetings in Artesia, Calif., 
where Eddie Wagner was evangelist, 
resulted in 54 decisions, including 
44 for salvation. 

The Grace Seminary Quartet is 
touring eastward this week-end. 
Their schedule is as follows: Feb. 
18, Mansfield, Ohio; Feb. 19, Meyers- 
dale, Pa.; Feb. 20, morning, Johns- 
town, Pa.: afternoon, Altoona Cal- 
vary Baptist: evening, Kittanning, 
Pa. 



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DOES IT PAY? 

Often a pastor thinks and some- 
times asks, "Does it pay to take your 
young people away for a week-end 
retreat or a camp? Is it worth the 
bother?" It is true that such activ- 
ities take the young people away 
from a service or two but if it brings 
them back enthused and inspired for 
months to come then it does pay. 
Yes, it pays if you make that retreat 
a spiritual feast as well as a time of 
fun and fellowship. Even a week- 
end can be mightily used of God in 
the lives of young people, if planned 
right. But it takes planning, and 
perspiration, and above all, prayer. 
Here are two reports that may 
prove it. 



GOD WORKED 

(Report of Winter Camp of the 
Young People of the First Brethren 
Church of Los Angeles held at For- 
est Home, January 7-9) . 

By Glenn O'Neal, Special Speaker 

As the 47 young people arrived at 
Forest Home on Friday evening 
there was no indication that the 
camp was to be any different than 
the usual young people's winter 
camp. There was the excitement 
over the snow (for California young 
people), the usual "pairing off." and 
yes, even a discipline problem. 

In fact, it was not until the service 
on Saturday evening that it was evi- 
dent that God was working in mighty 
power. At the close of the message 
22 young people stepped out to ded- 
icate their lives to full-time service. 
There was hardly a dry eye in the 
entire audience. I have never before 
witnessed such a spirit of joy and 
conviction that swept the group. 
Some were throwing their arms 
around others, confessing grudges. 
A number came up to the dining hall 
after the meeting and wanted to 
sing. It was only with great diffi- 
culty that the leaders were able to 
persuade the young people that they 
needed some sleep. Even after re- 
tiring to their cabins at about 11:00. 
the high school boys had a spon- 



taneous prayer and testimony meet- 
ing that lasted well past midnight. 

At the close of the service the fol- 
lowing morning, some marvelous 
testimonies were given to great vic- 
tories over sin, with a spirit of de- 
termination to serve the Lord at all 
costs. This group was one of the 
most talented we have observed, and 
much fruit will certainly be "gath- 
ered unto life eternal" by their ded- 
icated lives. 

The purpose in writing this report 
is twofold. First, we want to praise 
the Lord that He gave us the privi- 
lege to see His hand move in mighty 
power. Then, too, we hope that this 
will encourage other churches to 
pray that God will send a similar 
visitation not only to the young 
people, but to all the church mem- 
bers. Much prayer had ascended to 
the throne of grace for this camp, 
and God worked. Of this we can be 
sure. God is ready and wilhng to 
send us a great outpouring of His 
blessing. Let us band ourselves to- 
gether to pray that a spirit of je- 
vival will sweep through the Breth- 
ren Church, and every Bible-believ- 
ing church, that there might be a 
great harvest of souls before Christ 
appears in person to finish His work. 



"HERE, TOO!" 

(Report of the Winter Retreat, 
Jan. 21-23, at Acorn Lodge, Wright- 
wood, Calif., by the First Brethren 
Church of Compton, Calif.) 

Nearly 60 high school and college 
aged young people made up the 
happy throng that invaded beautiful 
Acorn Lodge on Friday, January 21. 
In spite of the fact that two carloads 
did not arrive until after midnight, 



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due to car trouble, Saturday was off 
to a good start, with a hearty break- 
fast, a Bible study, and prayer 
meeting. 

Throughout the day, snow sports 
were enjoyed, and in the evening a 
service was held in which the first 
decisions were seen. 

At the close of the Sunday school 
hour other decisions were made for 
Christ, and after the church service 
there were still others. Most of 
those who made decisions gave tes- 
timonies in the Sunday night church 
service back at Compton. 

Pastor Forest Lance and Former 
Pastor Ralph Colburn were the spe- 
cial speakers at the retreat. 



NEWS NOTES 

Ingenious Earle Peer, pastor of 
the church at Limestone, Tenn., re- 
ports growing interest in C. E. there, 
and plans to begin a boys club im- 
mediately. 

Recently Brother Peer rigged up 
a quiz board for a C. E. meeting, 
and contestants were given 10 sec- 
onds in which to answer their ques- 
tion. If they missed, a red light 
flashed and a buzzer buzzed. If they 
got it, a doorbell rang. The young 
people were so enthusiastic over the 
quiz board that the adult C. E. asked 
for a similar program the following 
Sunday. 



Some of the young people at Taos, 
N. Mex., though new Christians, as- 
sist in the services at Arroyo Hondo 
and Cerro, testifying, singing, and 
even bringing the messages in Span- 
ish. Some of these are also enrolled 
in the new Spanish-American Bible 
Institute, which recently started 
with an enrollment of over 20 in 
night classes. 

A number of decisions for Christ 
have been reported recently there 
among the young people and the 
young married group. Full sched- 
ules of services are being conducted 
by Mrs. Kliewer, the Luceros, and 
Elaine Polman, and now Celina 
Mares has also joined the staff of 
workers. 



February 19, 7949 



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How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE AGE OF GRACE 



Following the previous discussion 
on this page, we proceed to consider 
two other questions which ofttinies 
arise in teaching the Word concern- 
ing the Holy Spirit. 

I. Was Joel 2:28-32 Fulfilled on the 
Day of Pentecost? 

The reader should understand that 
Joel 2 is a prophetic passage point- 
ing forward to the event of Pente- 
cost, which to the prophet's eye was 
then future. It was to this prophecy 
that the Apostle Peter appealed 
when he delivered his message on 
the Day of Pentecost. On that oc- 
casion Peter arose to explain the 
extraordinary experience of Pente- 
cost, at which time, due to a special 
work of the Holy Spirit, believers by 
miracle spoke in languages other 
than their own, that the Word of 
God might go out. In explanation of 
Pentecost, Peter said: 

--"But this is that which was spoken 
by the prophet Joel; And it shall 
come to pass in the last days, saith 
God, I will pour out of my Spirit up- 
on all flesh: and your sons and your 
daughters shall prophesy, and your 
young men shall see visions, and 
your old men shall dream dreams: 
And on my servants and on my 
handmaidens I will pour out in those 
days of my Spirit; and they shall 
prophesy: And I will shew wonders 
in heaven above, and signs in the 
earth beneath; blood, and fire, and 
vapour of smoke: The sun shall be 
turned into darkness, and the moon 
into blood, before that great and 
notable day of the Lord come: And 
it shall come to pass, that whosoever 
shall call on the name of the Lord 
shall be saved" (Acts 2:16-21). 

Concerning this passage which 
Peter quoted from the book of Joel, 
several facts should be noted: 

1. The book of Joel was written 
concerning the Jews and to the 
Jews. His words, "your sons and 
your daughters . . . your young men 
. . . and your old men," refer not to 
the church of which the Prophet 
Joel had never heard, but to a work 



which God had promised to perform 
in the Jewish nation. 

2. Again, the final setting of the 
final fulfillment of this passage is 
made perfectly clear. It is to be 
"before that great and notable day 
of the Lord come" (Acts 2:20). 

The julfilhnent of this passage 
cannot come, therefore, until a time 
just before the Day of the Lord. 
The events in their final fulfillment 
include prophesying, seeing visions, 
dreaming dreams, signs on the earth, 
blood and fire and signs in the mate- 
rial universe or in the heavens. 

3. Peter stopped before he finished 
Joel's passage. The remainder in- 
dicates that deliverance will finally 
come to the Jews at the coming of 
Jesus Christ to be King of kings and 
Lord of lords. 

4. Peter himself did not say that 
the Joel passage was fulfilled on the 
Day of Pentecost. Instead, he made 
a very different evaluation and did 
so under the verbal inspiration of 
the Spirit of God. Peter only said 
"this is that which was spoken by 
the prophet Joel." 

Therefore, we conclude Pentecost 
was but a partial fulfillment of Joel's 
prophecy, the whole of which will be 
fulfilled when God pours out His 
Spirit in that future day upon the 
Jewish nation. At that time the na- 
tion will turn to Him and Christ 
shall establish His kingdom of right- 
eousness, peace, and universal bless- 
ing on the earth. 

Furthermore, we discover that the 
passage gives no command to gentile 
believers to attempt to experience 
these dreams, visions, and manifes- 
tations of the Spirit which God has 
promised through the Prophet Joel 
to the Jewish nation. Peter did not 
say that Pentecost was the fulfill- 
ment of Joel's prophecy. He only 
reported that (Pentecost) is that, or 
that same power, about which Joel 
wrote. 

II. What Does the Holy Spirit Lead 
Men to Do Today? 

1. Our Lord made it clear that 
after the coming of the Holy Spirit 



By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 

at Pentecost He would reprove the 
world of sin and of righteousness 
and of judgment. 

a. The Spirit of God would cause 
men to see Christ and to believe on 
Him for salvation. Thus He le- 
proves the world because "they be- 
lieve not on me (Christ)" (John 
16:9). 

b. The Spirit of God would further 
cause men to know the meaning of 
true righteousness. Righteousness 
is first imputed to believers, then 
wrought out in believers, "because 
I go to my Father." The Spirit of 
God would teach us that Christ's 
high-priestly work is essential to 
true daily righteousness being 
wrought out in the lives of believers. 

c. The Spirit of God would still 
further reprove men of judgment — 
the kind of judgment about which 
only the Word of God can make an 
explanation. It is a special judg- 
ment, "because the prince of this 
world is judged" (John 16:11). This 
introduces the purpose of Calvary, 
the blessings of faith, and the ad- 
vantages of grace. It also introduces 
us to the great dispensational un- 
folding of God, whereby the devil, 
although still the prince of this 
world and the god of this age, is 
even now under the judgment of 
God. 

2. The Holy Spirit leads men to 
honor, praise, and glorify the Lord 
Jesus. No believer is Spirit-filled 
simply because he talks a great deal 
about the Holy Spirit. In fact, the 
believer who is Spirit-filled will not 
talk much about the Holy Spirit, un- 
less it be by way of teaching God's 
Word. The Spirit-filled believer will 
not talk much about himself, nor of 
his experience, nor of the Holy 
Spirit, but his conversation will be 
as was the case of the Apostle Paul, 
always an exaltation of Christ our 
Lord. "When he, the Spirit of truth 
is come, he will guide you into all 
truth: for he shall not speak of him- 
self ... He shall glorify me (Christ): 
for he shall receive of mine, and 
shall shew it linto you" (John 16: 
13, 14). 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




-S^CW&gK^ 



STANLEY F. HAUSER 



If ministers of the Gospel expect 
to get all of the rewards for the souls 
they are enabled to lead to the Lord, 
they will doubtless be rudely awak- 
ened at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 
For what the preacher is, and what 
he is able to do, is largely the result 
of what God has been able to do for 
him, and in him, through the faith- 
ful living of laymen and women. The 
present pastor of the church in Graf- 
ton, W. Va., Rev. Stanley F. Hauser, 
is an illustration of this general rule. 

Three things seem to stand out in 
his memory, as having led him to 
salvation in Christ and service for 
Him. First, there is the clear recol- 
lection of his father's baptism, when 
Stanley himself was a small boy. 
That baptism was a witness to the 
boy's heart. Second, his memory 
often reminded him of his godly 
mother, who died at the age of 34. 
But she had left him an example. 
Third, there was a group of laymen 
in the First Church, Philadelphia, 
who ■were interested enough in his 
salvation to hold a cottage prayer 
meeting in his home and lead him 
to the Lord. These same laymen, 
at this same time, led two other 
young men to Christ — Brother 
Hauser's brother, and a third young 



man who later entered the ministi'y 
also. , 

Stanley Hauser was born at Catas- 
auqua. Pa., near Allen town, June 19, 
1901. His boyhood was spent in the 
country. There was no Brethren 
church in the community, so he was 
attending a Lutheran church and 
planning to unite with it, but the 




REV. STANLEY HAUSER 

Lord intervened and led him to 
Philadelphia. It was there, when he 
was 21, that his conversion took 
place, and he was baptized by Rev. 
■R. Paul Miller. 

Durifig the next four years Brother 
Hauser tried to live in the world 
and the church too. But then he 
felt called to a life of service for 
Christ, and especially to the African 



mission field. To prepare for this: 
work he attended the Philadelphia 
School of the Bible, where he was 
president of his class for three suc- 
cessive years. With several other 
students, including Mr. Horace Dean, 
he went on an 1,800-mile evange- 
listic tour. He was ordained to the 
ministry in the Philadelphia church, 
Aug. 6, 1933. 

Brother Hauser's first pastorate 
was a circuit of two Home Mission 
churches. Fort Wayne and Hunting- 
ton, Ind. In 1935 he accepted a call 
to become pastor of the church in 
Martinsburg, Pa. His present pas- 
torate in Grafton began in 1946. 

In addition to his pastoral woi'k, 
he is teaching two days a week in 
the West Virginia Bible College, of 
which school he is also a trustee. 

Mrs. Gladys Mabel Hauser. h i s 
wife, is also from the Philadelphia 
church, where she served as organ- 
ist and worked with the young peo- 
ple. She is pianist in the church at 
Grafton, and assists in the children's 
work. They have a daughter. Grace 
Elaine, 13, and a son, Stanley Frank- 
lin, Jr., 12. 

Stanley Hauser is 5 feet 5 inches 
tall, weighs 170 pounds, has blue eyes 
and light brown hair. 



NEWS FROM OUR BRETHREN CHURCHES 



SPOKANE, WASH. 

As a lad a number of years ago 
we saw a cartoon in one of the Phil- 
adelphia papers depicting Billy Sun- 
day going down Broad Street, suit- 
case in hand. From a partially 
uplifted manhole cover the devil was 
peeking out and asking, "Has he 
gone?" 

That cartoon came to our minds 
when Evangehst R. Paul Miller left 
Spokane on the morning of Jan- 
uary 24th. Satan certainly knew he 
was in Spokane for three weeks. 
But just as hard as Evangelist Miller 
preached against sin, so he presented 



the Lord Jesus Christ as man's only 
Saviour. 

The meetings began in zero 
weather and continued in zero and 
sub-zero temperatures the whole of 
the three weeks. This extreme 
weather may have hindered the at- 
tendance, but souls who were really 
interested in their spiritual welfare 
braved the snow and cold. The 
average attendance for the 23 meet- 
ings was 62. The results as tallied 
during the meetings are as follows: 
57 definite decisions. These do not 
include the number who presented 
themselves as "Prayer Warriors." 



Thirteen of these were first-time 
confessions. Seven presented them- 
selves for renewal of faith and 
church membership. Most of these 
had left the church some years ago. 
Some had moved back to Spokane. 
One woman who has been worship- 
ping with us for years was baptized 
and received into membership. 

We believe we have just touched 
the fringes of the prospects. An- 
other week or two would have re- 
sulted in a greater ingathering. Our 
visitation teams and laymen's evan- 
gelistic team are following up. We 

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EXCERPTS FROM A SERMON DELIVERED AT THE NORTHWEST DISTRICT CONFERENCE) 

BY CHAPLAIN FLOYD W. SHIERY 



Our Scripture lesson (Luke 19: 
11-27) contains a parable spoken by 
our blessed Lord. . . . The basic 
teachings to be gleaned from this 
parable are: (1) The Lord will go 
away. (2) He will receive for Him- 
self a kingdom. (3) He will return, 
having received His kingdom. (4) 
While He is away He has entrusted 
His business to His stewards. (5) 
When He returns His stewards must 
render to Him an account of their 
stewardship. 

"Do Business'' 

The key words of the parable are, 
"Occupy till I come." . . . The orig- 
inal of the word "occupy" literally 
means "to do business." Thus Jesus 
said to His disciples, "While I am 
away, receiving my kingdom, I want 
you to carry on my work for me " 
"Do business till I come" very com- 
prehensively sets forth our Saviour's 
instructions to His stewards today. 

The Word 

To do business for the Lord the 
steward must have a good under- 
standing of His Word. "Study to 
shew thyself approved unto God, a 
workman that needeth not to be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the word 
of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). The ap- 
proval of God's workmen is condi- 
tioned upon the right attitude to, 
and the right use of, God's Word. 

Therefore it is most important that 
we study His Word. It presents the 
knowledge of "salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus" (II 
Tim. 3:15). It provides nurture for 
the spiritual life, for "Man shall not 
live by bread alone, but by every 
word that proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4). It prof- 
its "for doctrine, for reproof, for 
correction, for instruction in right- 
eousness: That the man of God may 
be perfect, throughly furnished unto 
all good works" (II Tim. 3:16, 17). 

The Word of God will thoroughly 
prepare the steward to do business 
for his Lord. The word translated 
"perfect" in the verse just quoted 
literally means "thoroughly fur- 
nished or equipped." Since the 



Word is profitable for "doctrine" the 
steward is furnished with the truth 
of God, with all the teachings God 
has been pleased to reveal to His 
creatures. Since it is, profitable for 
"reproof" the steward is fortified 
against false doctrine and wrong con- 
duct. Since it is profitable for "cor- 
rection" the steward is restored from 
any errors into which he may have 
fallen. Since it is profitable for 




CHAPLAIN SHIERY 

"instruction in righteousness" the 
steward is fostered in all the virtues 
of the Christian life. 

Prayer 

To do business for the Lord the 
steward must work with Him under 
the conditions He has prescribed. 
Prayer is the greatest opportunity 
for service for the believer, since it 
is the only place of service that is 
always available. It also provides 
fellowship whereby the steward 
maintains contact with the Lord. 
"Verily, verily, I say unto you. He 
that believeth on me. the works that 
I do shall he do also; and greater 
works than these shall he do; be- 
cause I go unto my Father. And 
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, 
that will I do. that the Father may 
be glorified in the Son" (John 14: 
12, 13). 

The steward's work should be 
conceived in prayer and conducted 
by prayer. The first portion of the 
Apostle Paul's charge to his spirit- 
ual son Timothy was on the subject 
of prayer. "I exhort therefore, that, 
first of all, supplications, prayers, 
intercessions, and giving of thanks. 



be made for all men; for kings, and 
for all that are in authority; that we 
may lead a quiet and peaceable life 
in all godliness and honesty. For 
this is good and acceptable in the 
sight of God our Saviour" (I Tim. 
2:1-3). 

The steward will do well to note 
the comprehensive character of this 
charge. There are four statements 
regarding the nature of prayer: (1) 
"Supplications," prayers in view of 
personal insufficiency. (2) "Prayers," 
prayer in devotional, worshipful fel- 
lowship; (3) "Intercessions," prayer 
in behalf of the needs of others; (4) 
"Giving of thanks," prayer of a 1 1 
kinds and on all occasions should be 
accompanied with thanksgiving. 
Three definite requests are enjoined; 
(1) "For all men"; (2) "For kings"; 
(3) "For all that are in authority." 
These suggestions do not limit tlie 
scope of prayer. Other Scriptures 
teach that the scope of prayer is un- 
limited. Two good reasons are of- 
fered for the definite requests: (1) 
"That we may lead a quiet and 
peaceable life in all godliness and 
honesty"; (2) "This is . . . accept- 
able in the sight of God our Sav- 
iour." 

Witnessing 

To do business for the Lord the 
steward must do exactly the type of 
work He has commanded. The prin- 
cipal business of the steward of the 
Lord Jesus Christ is witnessing. This 
is the unmistakable commission of 
the Saviour as He instructed the 
disciples after the resurrection. "And 
ye shall be witnesses unto me both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and 
in Samaria, and unto the utteiTnost 
part of the earth" (Acts 1:8b). 

The steward must be a witness by 
giving forth the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. The facts of the ministry 
and work of the Saviour must be 
made known (Acts 10:39). The 
meaning of these facts must also be 
proclaimed (Luke 24:46-48). Fur- 
thermore, the steward must be a 
witness by direct and personal rela- 
tionship with the Loi-d. 

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'^Griping' '—An Expensive Pleasure 

(From "Intermissionary Jottings," by Dr. Floyd Taber, French Equatorial Africa) 



"A man's own folly ruins his af- 
fairs — then he gets angry with the 
Eternal. ... If you will give up 
murmuring, I will restore you to my 
service" (Mofiatt) . 

These two verses are the patho- 
genesis, therapeutic, and prognosis 
of my recent sickness. 

The Lord had been using them to 
speak to me for a couple of months. 
At first I would not admit the diag- 
nosis, that I was angry with the 
Lord. Then He drove it home to me 
that in criticizing His appointed rep- 
resentatives, whether in civil, eccle- 
siastical, or mission affairs, I was 
really accusing Him. And my spirit 
of murmuring, grumbling, "griping." 
was ruining my service for Him. 
There was only one way to be re- 
stored to a fruitful ministry — to give 
it up. 

What a commentary on my de- 
praved nature, that "griping" should 
be a pleasure that was hard to give 
up, like dancing and card playing 
and drinking for some people! . . . 

I asked Bob Hill and Dekonou to 
anoint me. . . . Immediately follow- 
ing the anointing the Lord gave as a 
pro?)iise the verse He had been using 
to judge me: "If you will give up 
murmuring, I will restore you to my 



DR. AND 
MRS. FLOYD 
TABER AND 

FAMILY 




service." . . . The promise was still 
conditional, but it was no longer 
hard to meet the condition. I had 
been trying and trying and trying 
to overcome "griping." But He did 
not ask me to do that. He would 
take care of overcoming it if I would 
only give it up. And how glad I 
was to do that! . . . 

It is strange how, when the Lord 
gets to dealing with you, all your 
subjects for "griping" become so 
utterly ridiculous. Even if my fel- 
low servants do make some mis- 



takes in their acts and in their de- 
cisions which concern me (and how 
could I hold my head up among 
them if they never did?); yet "The 
Lord will perfect that which con- 
cerneth me," and He "worketh all 
things after the counsel of his own 
will." He will not allow any of 
their mistakes to have an effect on 
me which is not His perfect will for 
me, as long as I am rendering my 
service entirely to Him, not to men, 
yet submitting myself "to every or- 
dinance of man for the Lord's sake." 



be conducted on a strictly human 
and mechanical basis. It has human 
and mechanical aspects, but it is es- 
sentially a supernatural work. The 
genuine witness is empowered and 
energized by the blessed Holy Spirit. 
"But ye shall receive power, after 
that the Holy Ghost is come upon 
you" (Acts 1:8a). The Holy Spirit 
also operates in the hearts of men. 
dealing with them relative to the 
person and work of our Lord Jesus 
Christ (John 16:7-11). . . . 

Faithfulness 

The primary requisite of steward- 
ship is faithfulness. In our parable 
the Saviour commended and ve- 
warded the faithful service of the 
two stewards. He stressed, not so 
much their accomplishments as their 
faithfulness. "Moreover it is re- 



quired in stewards, that a m.an be 
found faithful" (I Cor. 4:2). 

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, 
be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord. 
forasmuch as ye know that your 
labour is not in vain in the Lord" 
(I Cor. 15:58). 



LONG BEACH, CALIF. 

The new year was ushered in by 
a different sort of Watch Night serv- 
ice just full of surprises. There 
were over 300 in attendance for the 
musical numbers, testimonies from 
the young people attending school 
and home on vacation, and the view- 
ing of an inspiring Chi'istian film. 
Afterwards there was open house in 
the pastor's study, which had been 
refurnished and decorated. After 



refreshments, there was a session of 
prayer as the old year ended and the 
new year began. Those who had 
never attended a Watch Night serv- 
ice before were thrilled with this 
Christian w a y of celebrating the 
New Year. 

January 16 to 23 was the date of 
the Torrey Memorial Conference, 
which was held here in the First 
Church simultaneously with meet- 
ings at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles and several other cities. 
Robert Pierce, of Youth for Christ 
in L. A., showed pictures of China 
and spoke of the need of the people, 
not only for material things, but for 
Chi-ist. Everyone was challenged as 
to their responsibility to use the tal- 
ents and blessings of being an Amer- 
ican and a Christian for the Lord's 
glory. — Mrs. Floyd Strawsburg. 



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NEWS FROM CHURCHES 

(Continued jrom Page 125) 

are sold on a no-less-than-three- 
weeks meeting. 

The Spokane Brethi-en appreciate 
the prayers of so many Brethren, 
individually or in groups, for these 
meetings. Evangelist Miller has 
been a real spiritual tonic. His per- 
sonal work is superb. Keep your 
eyes on Spokane in '49! — W. H. 
Schajfer, pastor. 



Fifteen years ago I held my last 
meeting in Spokane. I had been the 
first pastor this church ever had, 
from 1916 to 1921. It was a real 
pleasure for me to return and again 
help to bring souls to Christ in that 
city as I had done so many years 
before. Many things have trans- 
pired since that time, but the same 
Gospel still carried the same power 
as it used to do so many years ago. 
The renewing of friendships of some 
still there was very sweet, but my 
heart was made sad by the absence 
of so many who are not there any 
more. The passing of time leaves its 
scattering influence upon church 
members as well as the rest of the 
world. 

William Schaffer, the pastor, had 
taken over the work three years ago 
when it was at a very low ebb. He 
has had three years of mighty hard 
and heartbreaking work. It has 
taken the patience that God alone 
can give a man to overcome the 
hectic conditions that have prevailed 
in this field. Twice he has seen his 
crowds double and then just melt 
away overnight almost, due to the 
shifting nature of those who were 
there. Government work moves 
people around so much. Some of 
his very finest helpers had been 
with the armed forces. Others just 
followed their economic chpns:es. 
But Brother Schaffer kept on his 
knees daily for the courage and the 
vision to keep going, for he was sure 
he would finally see God glorify 
Himself in Spokane. I believe he 
has realized his answer to prayer. 

The success of the meeting was 
not in any way due to favorable 
circumstances, for nearly everything 
was against us from the start. Dis- 



couragement, indifference, and lack 
of faith that anything real could be 
done were on every side, and con- 
stituted the greatest barrier to be 
overcome. This preacher seldom 
mentions weather as a hindrance to 
the success of a campaign, but this 
time I am breaking down. When it 
gets to 17 below zero, and stays be- 
tween that and zero for three solid 
weeks I confess it has become a real 
hindrance. The attendance was very 
small throughout the meeting, 
largely as a result of the terrible 
cold. The snow and ice were bad. 
The streets were never clear of ice 
at any time. The snow was three 
feet high along the sidewalks and 
two feet on the level. But the 
church was warm and comfortable 
throughout. 

But all of the hindrances that the 
devil can think up cannot prevent 
God from doing a work to His own 
glory. "The Lord will work, and 



who can hinder?" In spite of all 
these things, and the small attend- 
ance, decisions were made right 
along. Some of the finest spiritual 
people I have ever known came into 
the fellowship of the church. Many 
families were added. Much Spirit- 
filled praying was done. The mem- 
bers were out doing personal work. 
God blessed with a fine harvest. 

Now the vision of the congrega- 
tion has been raised and they are 
planning the establishment of new 
Sunday schools in several new resi- 
dence districts as quickly as pos- 
sible. The pastor also has some 
more ambitious plans of which he 
himself will write when he is ready. 
But we believe that the Spokane 
work has definitely turned the cor- 
ner for a great period of growth and 
winning souls. It was a gi-eat priv- 
ilege to be allowed to have a part 
in the work which God has wrought. 

The fellowship with Brother Schaf- 
fer in personal soul-winning, as well 
as in the home where he and his 
wife did so much for me, shall ever 
remain a precious memory. God 
bless them all.— R. Paul Miller, 
evangelist. 



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DLUME 11, NUMBER 9 



EDUCATIONAL NUMBER 



FEBRUARY 26, 1949 




THE FIRST CLASS OF COLLEGIATE STUDENTS 



EDITORIALS 

By PRESIDENT ALVA J. McCLAlJN 




DR. M CLAIN 



Collegiate Study at the Seminary 

As the reader will note from the picture on the front 
cover and much of the material, this Educational Issue 
of the Herald is featuring the college work now being 
offered at Grace Seminary. The first year of this work 
was begiin last September, and the second year will be 
initiated this fall. Since for the present the number of 
new admissions to these courses will necessarily have to 
be limited, students from our own Brethren churches 
should apply at once if they wish to enter this fall. 



Have You Made Your Will? 

It is I'eported that about 1,500,000 people died last 
year in the United States, and that only a third of them 
had made wills, although they left billions of dollars in 
securities and property which had to be distributed by 
heirs, lawyers, and courts. It is also probably true that 
most of these billions were disposed of in ways which 
would not have been approved by the deceased. It is 
also well known that in addition to these billions left 
without any wills, there are many other millions which 
fail to go to the Christian causes intended by the de- 
ceased simply because the wills left had been made im- 
properly without legal advice. For these reasons literally 
billions of dollars left by Christian men and women fall 
into the hands of people who manage to establish legal 
claims, and squander the money for purposes utterly 
foreign to wishes of the people who earned it. Life is a 
very uncertain matter. No matter how young you are, 
or how healthy you may be, or how little money .you 
may have, you owe it to the Lord to make sure that your 
money will go where it will serve and glorify Him in 
case of your sudden departure to be with the Lord. We 
should all remember the Word of the Lord to the man 
who had accumulated wealth, "This night thy soul shall 
be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, 
which thou hast provided?" Be sure that you have an 
answer to that solemn question. When the Lord puts 
that question to each of us personally, as He will some 
day, it will then be too late to give the right ansv\er. 
The answer must be made noio. Tomorrow may be 
too late. 



pressive example of one who was careful as a Christian 
steward. Long before she went home to be with the 
Lord she loved, Miss Cobaugh had settled all these 
matters prayerfully and carefully, so that when she 
departed full of years there was nothing needed except 
to carry out her explicit directions. Although a num- 
ber of important interests of the Brethren Church were 
remembered, I wish to speak particularly of her gifts to 
Grace Seminary. During her lifetime Miss Cobaugh 
had given an annuity of one thousand dollars designated 
to the Building Fund. By the terms of her will the 
Seminary received first a direct gift of five hundred 
dollars, and then the residue of the estate when all ex- 
penses are paid. This residue amounted to $3,805.14 in 
the form of cash and investments. One-half of this 
residue was given to the Seminary to be used for any 
needed purpose. The other half was specified as a per- 
manent endowment fund to be invested by the Sem- 
inary, the interest of which is to be expended for the 
assistance of superannuated ministers. We thank God 
for Sister Cobaugh and commend her example to all 
members of the Brethren Church. (It will be of interest 
to our readers to know that the Executive Committee of 
the Seminary has approved the loan of this endowment 
fund of $1,902.57 to the Home Missions Council, so that 
while the fund is earning income for superannuated 
ministers, the principal will be helping to build other 
Brethren churches.) 



Sarah J. Cobaugh — A Careful Steward 

The final settlement of the estate of the late Miss 
Sarah J. Cobaugh. of La Verne, Calif., furnishes an im- 



Dr. E. Stanley Jones Makes It Clear 

A few weeks ago the Saturday Evening Post ran an 
article featuring the efforts and plan of Dr. E. Stanley 
Jones to unite the churches. It was entitled, "CAN HE 
UNITE THE PROTESTANTS?" Tlie author of the 
article pointed out that "Several denominations, princi- 
pally the Unitarians and the Universalists, cannot even 
be invited into the union as Dr. Jones now conceives it. 
because they do not meet doctrinal requirements." Al- 
though the article was written in a friendly manner. Dr. 
Jones later wrote a letter to the editor of the Post say- 
ing that it needed "correction in one place." "If any 
denomination can make the confession that Jesus is the 
Christ, the Son of the Living God," wrote Dr. Jones, 
"then we would consider them 'on the rock.' This, as 
you will see, does not exclude anyone except those who 
exclude themselves. Many Universalists and some Uni- 
tarians would be able to make that confession. There- 

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What the Collegiate Division of the 
Seminary Means to Me 



The interesting sidelights, and the practical down-to- 
earth applications of the courses in Old Testament Sur- 
vey and Philosophy are added blessings to the classes. 
— Roy Allison, Johnstown, Pa. 

I am very thankful for the spirit of love that per- 
meates both the classroom and the social life here at 
Grace. — Thomas A. Bailey, Jr., Springfield, Pa. 



My greatest blessing in being here this first semester 
has been the enrichment of the Old Testament to my 
own hfe, and its practical lessons. — Burton Bartling, 
Waterloo, Iowa. 

My first semester at Grace Seminary has certainly 
been a blessing to my heart. I think the Christian 
fellowship of this school is among the best of the land. 
— LeRoy Bradrick, Fredricktown, Ohio. 



I have been particularly impressed while at Winona 
Lake by the faithfulness of the Lord in providing not 
only the spiritual but also the physical needs of His 
people. — Harold G. Bunch, Van Wert, Iowa. 

Many blessings have been mine in the last five months 
in the Collegiate Division of the Seminary. I praise and 
thank the Lord for the school where I am receiving a 
Christian education. — Ralph S. Burns, Philadelphia, Pa. 

I praise my Lord for definitely leading me to Grace 
Seminary where the precious Gospel is taught and fun- 
damental believers can receive unadulterated instruc- 
tion. — Ray H. Dilgard, Kokomo, Ind. 



I thank God for the spiritual atmosphere maintained 
in all the classes of the Collegiate Division where we 
have prayer meetings instead of pep talks and fellow- 
ship rather than fraternities. — Richard DeArmey, Johns- 
town, Pa. 



I am glad to be a part of the Collegiate Division of 
Grace Seminary. The course in Old Testament Survey, 
especially, has been a great blessing to me. — Arthur E. 
Gordon, Oxford, Pa. 



I have received a great blessing while a member of 
the Collegiate Division not only from the intellectual 
standpoint but also from the standpoint of Christian 
fellowship and mutual love and prayers. — Richard Jack- 
son, Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio. 

When God ordains He also sustains. "Blessed be the 
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath 
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places 
in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). This has been my experience 
while at Grace. — William Johnson, Altoorm, Pa. 

I have learned to value education in a school that 
teaches in the light of God's Word. The blessings have 
been numerous even in one semester of school. — George 
W. Kelley, Altoona, Pa. 



One thing that has been a blessing to me here at 
Grace Seminary is the fellowship that is enjoyed among 
the student body. — Kenneth R. Kinsley, Hartville, Ohio. 

I praise and thank the Lord for the Collegiate Divi- 
sion and the many blessings I have received here. — Ruth 
Marie Landrum, Clayhole, Ky. 

I thank God for a college where the Word of God is 
upheld and preached in these days. What a blessing one 
receives under such ministry and Christian fellowship. 
— -Perry Lindeman, Waterloo, Iowa. 

The Collegiate Division of Grace Seminary has really 
been a great blessing to me. It has helped me spirit- 
ually and educationally. Thanks be to the Lord. — Billy 
A.. Mayer, Winona hake, Ind. 

I have found here at Grace all that I've been lookmg 
for — a good variety of foundational subjects, skillfully 
taught, and the very finest of stimulating Christian at- 
mosphere and fellowship. — Robert Neff, Waterloo, loioa. 



The bond of Christian love and concern, and the 
power of united prayer for the welfare of the school and 
student body have impressed me most. — Gloria Neve- 
gold, San Diego, Calif. 



I thank the Lord for the blessings I have received at 
Grace Seminary where the true Word of God is taught 
by God-fearing instructors. — Frank Parker, Sidney, Ind. 

I thank and praise the Lord for the joys and blessings 
I have received here in the Collegiate Division. — Millard 
Poppy, Wawaka, Ind. 

I praise God for the privilege of studying secular sub- 
jects under godly men who relate them to the Word of 
God, using it as a standard. — Glenn Smouse, Altoona, Pa. 



In the Collegiate Division of Grace Seminary I have 
found rich spiritual blessing. Christian friendship, and 
a precious fellowship in prayer. I thank the Lord for 
starting the Collegiate Division. — Ruth Anna Stern, 
Martinshurg, Pa. 



Thenk God for the Collegiate Division of Grace Sem- 
inary, for the courses offered, the bond of fellowship 
between the students, and for the Christian emphasis of 
the faculty. — Harry Tharp, Kokorao, Ind. 

It has been a blessing to my heart to see and hear 
the spiritual emphasis in the classes of the Collegiate 
Division of Grace. — Scott L. Weaver, Kokomo, Ind. 



I thank the Lord for the fellowship which we have in 
Christ. My spiritual life has been greatly blessed since 
school has begun. I feel sure any young person would 
find it very profitable to attend a school like this. — Wil- 
liam Wiles, Hagerstown, Md. 



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DIRECTORY OF SEMINARY 



Friends oj Grace Seminary in hoth Brethren and other 
churches have expressed interest in knowing something 
about the students who graduate from year to year. 
Congregations needing pastors also have inquired about 
the number available for pastorates and who they are. 
To provide this injonnation, the following directory has 
been prepared by Homer Kent., Jr., student-body re- 
porter. Any of these students can be reached by mail 
addressed to them in care of the Seminary. 

ERNEST W, ARLOFF: Member. Calvary Independent 
Church, Lancaster, Pa. Accepted Christ in 1939. 
Married 1947. Education: Johns Hopkins University. 
B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering; Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary 3 years; will graduate May, 1949, 
with B.D. degree. Plans to enter inissionary service 
in India. 

ROBERT S. CESSNA; Altoona. Pa. Accepted Christ 
1940. Married 1944. One daughter 3 years old. Edu- 
cation; Bob Jones College, A.B. degree; Bob Jones 
College, graduate study one year; Grace Theological 
Seminary 3 years; will graduate May, 1949, with B.D. 
degree. Practical experience in evangelistic work for 
two summers, and in two student pastorates in Ten- 
nessee and Indiana. Operi to a call to a pastorate. 

JACK B. CHURCHILL; Member, Second Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. Accepted Christ at an 
early age, and began to consider missionary service 
while still in high school. Married 1945. One son 2 
years old. Education: Student at Stockton Junior 
College 2 years; College of the Pacific 1 year; West- 
mont College 2 years A.B. degree; Grace Theological 
Seminary 3 years; will graduate May, 1949, with B.D. 
degree. Varied practical experiences in quartet and 
gospel team work; supply pastor at Second Brethren 
Church, Long Beach during summer of 1948; one year 
of teaching in Collegiate Division of Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary. Under appointment with his wife 
(Miriam Sickel Churchill) by the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church to the Argentine Field. 

MILTON L. DOWDEN: Member, First Baptist Church, 
Wabash, Ind. Accepted Christ 1934. Ordained 1941. 
Married 1934. Two daughters, 13 years old and 2 years 
old. One son 9 years old. Education; Iowa State 
Teachers College 4 years, B.S. degree; Northern Bap- 
tist Seminary 1 semester; Moody Bible Institute 2 
years; Grace Theological Seminary 2y2 years. Prac- 
tical experience: U. S. Army chaplain 21/2 years; as- 
sistant pastor. Walnut Street Baptist Church, Water- 
loo, Iowa; student pastor, First Baptist Church, Wa- 
bash, Ind. (Note: Brother Dowden's work was in- 
terrupted last November by serious illness, and he is 
still in the hospital, but we are glad to report that in 
answer to prayer he is gradually recovering, and we 
trust that he will be able to complete his course in the 
not-too-far-distant future. We felt that his name 
should appear here with his class.) 

MEREDITH M. HALPIN; Member, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. Accepted Christ 1932. 
Married 1945. Education: Nebraska Wesleyan Uni- 



versity, A.B. degree; student at University of Ne- 
braska and Moody Bible Institute; Grace Theological 
Seminary SVa years; will graduate May, 1949, with 
B.D. degree. Practical experience as student pastor 
of Milroy Community Church, Monon, Ind., and jail 
and rescue mission work. Has accepted call to the 
pastorate of the Sharpsville (Ind.) Grace Brethren 
Church. 

TRUE L. HUNT: Member, Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. Accepted Christ at age of 9. Married 1944. 
Education; Bob Jones College 4 years, A.B. degree; 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with B.D. degree. Always active in church 
work; varied preaching experiences while in college 
and seminary. Open to a call to a pastorate in Breth- 
ren Church. 

MICHAEL KORLEWITZ: Member. First Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. Accepted Christ 18 years 
ago. Married 1947. One daughter, 5 months old. 
Education: Wheaton College 4 years, A.B. degree; 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with B.D. degree. Expects to work on 
M.A. degree next year and enter the teaching field. 

JAMES B. MARSHALL: Member, Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church. (Came to Winona from Harborcreek, 
Pa.) Accepted Christ at an early age in Christian 
home. Not yet married. Education; Geneva College 
4 years. A.B. degree; Dallas Theological Seminary 2 
years; Grace Theological Seminary 1 year; will grad- 
uate May, 1949, with B.D. degree. Preaching expe- 
rience, urban and rural, in Pennsylvania, Texas, and 
Oklahoma while in seminary. Candidate under For- 
eign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church for 
Argentina. 

EDWARD D. MILLER: Member, Winona Lake Breth- 
ren Church. Accepted Christ 11 years ago. Married 
1944. One daughter, 18 months old. Education: WU- 
liam Jennings Bryan University 4 years, A.B. degree; . I 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with B.D. degree. Practical preaching ex- 
perience while in college and seminary. Plans to 
enter foreign missionary service. 

JOHN H. STOLE: Member, Calvary Independent Bap- i 
tist Church, Altoona, Pa. Accepted Christ 17 years " 
ago. Married 1946. One son 20 months old. Edu- 
cation: Wheaton College 3 years; Manchester College J 
1 year, A.B. degree; Grace Theological Seminary 3 \ 
years; will graduate May, 1949, with B.D. degree. 
Practical experience as pastor of the Christian Church. 
North Webster, Ind. Plans to enter the pastorate and 
also work on M.A. degree. 

WARREN E. TAMKIN: Member, First Brethren Church, 
Washington, D. C. Accepted Christ at very early age in 
Christian home. Will be married June, 1949. Educa- 
tion: Student at Bob Jones College 2 years; Amer- 
ican University 2 years, A.B. degree; Dallas Theolog- 
ical Seminary 1 year; Grace Theological Seminary 2 
years; will graduate May, 1949, with B.D. degree. 
Preaching experience in missions and churches. Open 
for call to pastorate in Brethren Church. 



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GRADUATING CLASS-1949 



ROBERT L. BATES: From Salt Lake City. Accepted 
Christ in 1928. Married 1939. One son 8 years old, 
and two daughters 6 years old and 3 years old. Edu- 
cation: Graduate, Western Bible College; student at 
John Brown University, Bible Institute of Los An- 
geles, and Westminster College; Grace Theological 
Seminary 3 years; will graduate May, 1949, with B.Th. 
degree. Six years pastoral experience. Interested in 
missionary service under Foreign .Missionary Society 
of the Brethren Church. 

P. FREDRICK FOGLE: Member, First Brethren 
Church, Washington, D. C. Accepted Christ 1942. 
Married 1945. One daughter 1 year old. Education: 
Maryland University 2 1/3 years; Manchester College 
1/3 year; Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will 
graduate May, 1949, with B.Th. degree. Has accepted 
call to the pastorate oj the Ankenytown Brethren 
Church, Ohio. 

IRVINE ROBERTSON: Member, Callender Memorial 
Church, Wilkinsburg, Pa. Accepted Christ 1932. 
Married 1939. Two sons aged 8V2 years and 7 years. 
Education: Graduate, Moody Bible Institute; student 
at University of Pittsburgh and Manchester College; 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with B.Th. degree. Seven years experi- 
ence as missionary in the United Provinces, North 
India, under the Ceylon and India General Mission. 
Plans to do Bihle Seminary work in India. 

JOHN J. BURNS: Member, Third Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa. Accepted Christ at age of 7 under 
Anthony Zeoh. Married 1941. One daughter 3 years 
old. Education: Graduate, Bible Institute of Pennsyl- 
vania; student at Philadelphia School of the Bible and 
Kutztown State Teachers College; Grace Theological 
Seminary 3 years; will graduate May, 1949, with Di- 
ploma in Theology. Practical experience as pastor of 
Salem Community Church, Wilmot, Ind. Has accepted 
pastorate of Campbell Brethren Church, Lake Odessa, 
Mich. 

BRUCE L. BUTTON: Member, First Brethren Church 
of Kittanning, Pa. Accepted Christ seven years ago. 
Married 1933. One son 15 years old, and two daugh- 
ters 12 years old and 2 months old. Education: Ge- 
neva College 1 year; Grace Theological Seminary 3 
years; will graduate May, 1949, with Diploma in The- 
ology. Expects to take intensive training in Hebrew 
missions in Seattle and New York City in preparation 
for work as missionary to the Jews. 

GILBERT D. ENGELMAN: Member, Peru Brethren 
Church, Peru, Ind. Accepted Christ 12 years ago. 
Married 1936. One daughter 11 years old, and one 
son 5 years old. Education: Grace Theological Sem- 
inary 4 years; will graduate May, 1949, with Diploma 
in liieology. Preaching experience as student pastor 
of Pleasant View Community Church, Warsaw, Ind., 
1 year. Plans to start a Bible class in St. Petersburg, 
Fla., with hopes of establishing a Brethren church. 

JOHN R. FUSCO: Member, Calvary Independent Bap- 
tist Church, Altoona, Pa. Accepted Christ 1935. Not 
married. Education: Grace Theological Seminary 3 

February 26, 1949 



years; will graduate May, 1949, with Diploma in The- 
ology. Plans to take further college or semirmry work 
in preparation for missionary service. 
LEWIS C. HOHENSTEIN: Member, First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. Accepted Christ 1939. Mar- 
ried 1939. One daughter 10 years old, and one son 3 
years old. Education: Grace Theological Seminary 3 
years; will be graduated May, 1949, with Diploma in 
Theology. Preaching experience as pastor of Tippe- 
canoe (Ind.) Congregational Christian Church for 2 
years. Has accepted pastorate of Grace Brethren 
Church, Waterloo, Iowa. 

ROY B. SNYDER: Member, Grace Brethi'en Church. 
Altoona, Pa. Accepted Christ 1934. Married 1947. 
Education: Student at Pennsylvania State College; 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with Diploma in Theology. Under appoint- 
vfient by Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church for service in Africa. 

RUTH C. SNYDER: Member, First Brethren Church,, 
Philadelphia, Pa. Accepted Christ 1930. Married 
1947. Education: Graduate, Philadelphia School of 
the Bible; Grace Theological Seminary 4 years, re- 
ceived Diploma in Christian Education in 1947; will 
graduate May, 1949, with Diploma in Theology. Un- 
der appointment by Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church for service in Africa. 

CHARLES R. SUMEY: Home church, Fu-st Brethren 
Church, Philadelphia, Pa. Accepted Christ in 1936 
while serving in U. S. Navy. Married 1939. Educa- 
tion: Graduate, Philadelphia School of the Bible; 
Grace Theological Seminary 3 years; will graduate 
May, 1949, with Diploma in Theology. At present 
pastor of the Sidney (Ind.) Brethren Church. Can- 
didate for foreign missionary service under Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church. 

BERTHA M. ABEL: Member, Winona Lake Brethren 
Church. Accepted Christ 8 years ago. Education: 
Indiana University 4 years, B.S. degree; Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary 2 years; will graduate May, 1949, 
with Master of Religious Education degree. Contem- 
plating possible foreign missionary service. 

MARY E. CRIPE: Member, La Loma Brethren Church. 
Modesto, Calif. Accepted Christ 1945. Education: 
Student at Puget Sound School of Evangelism; Grace 
Theological Seminary 2 years; will graduate May, 
1949, with Diploma in Christian Education. Practical 
experience in child evangelism. Under appointment 
with the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren 
Church to do missionary work among the lepers of 
Africa. 

MARYBETH MUNN: Member, La Loma Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Modesto, Calif. (Home is in Leland, 
Wash.) Accepted Christ 1938. Education: Registered 
nurse; graduate, Puget Sound School of Evangelism; 
Grace Theological Seminary 2 years; wUl graduate 
May 1949, with Diploma in Christian Education. 
Practical experience in child evangelism. Under ap- 
pointment with Foreign Missionary Society of the 
Brethren Church for medical missionary work among 
the lepers of Africa. 

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riCIENCIH CLASS 

By ROBERT MUNN 
Teacher of French in the Collegiate Division 






ROBERT MUNN 



It is a far cry back to July, 1939, when along with 
several hundred students of all nationalities I struggled 
for eight, ten, and sometimes twelve hours a day study- 
ing French at the Alliance Fran- 
caise in Paris. I wanted to ob- 
tain a diploma in order to teach 
French, if needs be, in French 
West Africa. War came and I 
had to return to England, having 
,^^ obtained the diploma, but was 

'■■■El. unable to go to the French Ivory 

.^^hEL- Coast. My mission sent me to 

^^^^^ , Liberia for two and a half years 

^HH^ Ab^ .V-"^ and then transferred me to Span - 
^^^m. ■- -"*«*- .^j^ Guinea, along the French Ga- 

boon border in Equatorial Africa. 
There were many opportunities 
to use French as we had much intercourse with Gaboon 
and French Cameroon. 

Several more years elapsed before the Lord led me to 
Grace Seminary. At the beginning of the fall semester, 
when a class for missionary French was announced, I 
was slighUy interested, but only from the standpomt of 
transferring some of my credits from The Alhance 
Francaise to the Registrar's office. Instead, I was asked 
whether I would be willing to teach the class. When I 
learned that the class consisted of missionary candidates 
preparing themselves for the Lord's work in French 
Equatorial Africa, I readily accepted the responsibiUty. 
We had to wait for two weeks to get the proper text- 
books. That time had to be made up, but the members 
of the class readily responded and did not complain 
when the teacher had to "pile it on" a little bit. To the 
uninitiated any language study seems boring, but not so 
French, at least not the French class in Grace Sem- 
inary. The hour in the classroom passes much too 
quickly to cover all that we would like to study in each 
class. Reading and recitation time is when we have our 
best fun. One of the students struggling to make the 
right nasal sound for "un" suddenly stops, shakes his 
head, and says, "Whew! Hebrew was easier than this: 
at least I didn't have to stick out my lips and speak 
through my nose." Then more questions. "Well, why 
can't these French people learn to speak properly; why 
do they have to put their adjectives behind their 
nouns?" "Why do they 'make' a walk instead of 'go for' 
a walk?" So here a little, there a little, Une upon line, 
precept upon precept, and slowly but surely the idioms 
are bemg learned and the grammar is being mastered. 
This semester we are going to begin reading in the Gos- 
pels. By the end of the year we shall have finished the 
grammar, and then off to Paris to put some of the labor- 
atory work done in classroom into practice. However, 
we do have some practice in reading and speaking and 
recitation in class, and the other day we had the privi- 
lege of having a European lady, who had spent seven 
years in Paris address the class for half an hour. The 
class enjoyed listening to her account of "la vie en la 

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belle France." It was gratifying to the teacher to see 
that at least some of the class understood a fair amount 
of what was said in the lecture. We also have the use 
of Linguaphone Records for practice in hearing the 
language. 

And so it goes, four hours one week and five the next, 
and never a dull moment. Pray for the students of this 
class, eight in number, six of them going to French 
Equatorial Africa for the first time, and two returned 
missionaries also taking the course. Mercx heaucoup! 



The Place of Greek in the 
Christian College 

By JOHN HARPER 
Teacher of Greek in Collegiate Division 

I am indeed thankful to God for the privilege of 
having a small part in the training of young men and 
women at Grace Seminary for the Lord's service. My 
particular part in the training is the teaching of the 
elements of New Testament Greek to the members of 
the Collegiate Division. You may question how the 
learning of such a difficult and oftentimes uninteresting 
language would have a part in the training of Christian 
workers. We must ever keep before our minds that the 
study of Greek is not an end in itself, but rather a 
means to an end. Here at Grace Seminary we realize 
how valuable is the tool of the mastery of the original 
languages in the unlocking of treasures never before 
seen and obtainable in no other way. Since Grace 
Seminary firmly believes in the full verbal inspiration 
of the Word of God in the original autographs, no detail 
is regarded too trivial to be overlooked and no aid too 
insignificant to be counted as of no value in seeking to 
discover the exact meaning of God's revelation to man. 

I have been in a position to observe the members of 
the Collegiate Division, and I heartily commend them 
to your prayers. They are earnest, zealous young 
people who possess a strength of purpose which will 
prove an invaluable trait in His service. Will you not 
pray that these young people may be guided into His 
perfect will, and that they may continue to grow spir- 
itually even as they are growing intellectually? Much 
of the future of the Brethren Church lies in the lives of 
these young people who have already dedicated them- 
selves to the Lord. I am confident that He who hath 
begun a good work in them will perform it until the 
dav of Jesus Christ. 





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Do I Have to Take English? 

By JACK CHURCHILL 
Teacher of English in Collegiate Division 



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It is the duty of a Christian to make the best of 
himself — for Christ's sake. Sometimes we tend to 
ignore or regard with distaste the commonplace 
means that are necessary to attain 
this worthy goal. Sometimes our 
efforts along this line seem to 
swallow themselves up and we 
make no progress. When that is 
the case, it is often true that we 
have failed to make use of some 
of the necessary means to reach- 
ing that goal of effective service 
for Christ. 

There is little doubt that the 
men and women who have en- 
rolled in the Collegiate Division of 
Grace Seminary are aware of 

these facts. They have created the impression that they 
are here for business, that they have the desire to be as 
effective servants of Jesus Christ as it is possible for 
them to be. Their very presence here indicates their 
understanding that the call to serve as pastors, teachers, 
missionaries is a caU to hard work, even in the stages of 
preparation. They are not simply visionaries; they are 
visionaries with a task to which they have pledged 
themselves. 

In spite of this, it sometimes comes as a shock to find 




JACK CHURCHILL 



that English Grammar and Composition have been made 
a required course. It becomes easy, especially along 
about 11:30 at night, to find little value in learning 
about agreement between subject and verb, about vari- 
ety of expression, about logical arrangement of thought. 
All of this seems a bit detached from the goal. But the 
next morning in a sermon a grammatical error that 
glares, a form of expression that lulls into inattention, 
or an illogical outline that puzzles reminds the doubter 
that there is something important about the way in 
which the good news of salvation is presented, even 
though the message itself is that which produces faith. 

The purpose of a course in English in the Collegiate 
Division is to review principles of grammar, to become 
acquainted with the generally accepted forms of expres- 
sion, and to develop the ability to present thought 
clearly, accurately, and logically. The student who 
makes the most of this intermediate step, as common- 
place and unrelated as it might sometimes seem, will 
find himself that much better fitted to present clearly 
the truth which is the "power of God unto salvation." 

It was Peter who was sent to the house of Cornelius 
to "speak unto thee words, whereby thou and all thy 
house shall be saved." Christians today have the same 
commission — a message to proclaim. Let us strive to 
know the m.essage first of all, and also how to effectively 
present it. 



EDITORIALS 

(Continued from Page 130) 

fore we would not exclude them as such." Dr. Jones" 
letter was published by the Post. 

There has been a great deal of argument about the 
religious views of Dr. Jones, and he has been defended 
by some who call themselves orthodox Chi-istians. This 
letter, it seems to me, makes his position perfectly clear. 
even though his language is somewhat slippery. Dr. 
Jones says that "some Unitarians" could make the great 
confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living 
God. Now one does not have to be a skilled theologian 
to see that Dr. Jones' words can convey only two pos- 
sible meanings. First, if Dr. Jones means what the Bible 
means in that great confession, then no honest Unitarian 
could ever make it. On the other hand, if Dr. Jones 
interprets the great confession in such a way that an 
honest Unitarian could make it, then Dr. Jones is him- 
self nothing but a Unitarian. 

Of course, it is conceivable that some blind partisan 
of Dr. Jones might argue that what he really means is 
that if some Unitarian wanted to enter the union of 
Protestant churches, he could do so by simply making a 
true confession of the deity of Christ; in other words. 
by ceasing to be a Unitarian! But this would be true of 
all Unitarians, and Dr. Jones says "some" Unitarians. 
For that matter, even atheists and agnostics can enter 



the Christian church by becoming true believers. If 
that is what Dr. Jones meant, why limit the number to 
"some Unitarians" and "many Universalists"? No mat- 
ter how you look at his words, they are "weasel" words. 




Collegiate Dhnsion Officers: (Left to right) Richard 
DeArmey, president; Ruth Marie Landrum, secretary; 
James Markel, vice president; William Johnson, 
treasurer. - ■ 



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The Collegiate Division in Prospect 



By DR. HERMAN A. HOYT 
Dean, Department of New Testament and Greek 

The Collegiate Division Has a History 

The launching of the Collegiate Division in Grace 
Theological Seminary is now history. For some time 
the advisability of providing a limited number of courses 
at the college level had been the subject of prayer and 
discussion by the faculty of Grace Theological Seminary, 
members of the board of trustees, and interested Breth- 
ren pastors. The occasion for more serious discussion 
and planning came with the appointment of a committee 
at the 1947 National Fellowship of Brethren Churches to 
study this problem. After considerable correspondence, 
this committee met with the seminary faculty in March 
of 1948 and agreed upon a proposed plan. When the 
executive committee of the board of trustees had finally 
approved the plans, definite steps were taken to begin 
this new venture in the fall of 1948. 

The importance of proceeding slowly in this new 
venture, and that fact making it impossible to get out 
any advertising earlier than June, made it highly prob- 
lematical what sort of response might be expected from 
students in the coming September. But without a doubt 
the Lord had His hand in all the plans, for in September, 
quite to the surprise of all, thirty students apclied and 
were admitted, and with very few exceptions, these stu- 
dents are continuing through the entire year. Already 
a number of new students have applied and have been 
admitted, and they will begin their work here this 
coming September. 

The Provisions in the College Division 

The Collegiate Division has been established to accom- 
plish three definite purposes: first, to supplement the 
pre-seminary work of regularly admitted seminary stu- 
dents who are college graduates but whose college 
studies are either lacking in certain essential courses, 
or whose college courses have not been properly inte- 
grated with the required curriculum of Grace Theolog- 
ical Seminary leading to the Bachelor of Divinity de- 
gree; second, to provide some basic pre-seminary 
courses for mature students who are being prepared for 
admission directly to the seminary as candidates for the 
Bachelor of Theology degree without the ordinary re- 
quirement of college graduation; and third, to provide 
at least two years of college and Bible work under pos- 
itive Christian supervision and guidance for younger 
students, primarily from Brethren churches, who may or 
may not be planning to continue preparation for full- 
time Christian service. 

The program of studies in the Collegiate Division is 
designed to offer courses in at least six general fields of 
knowledge: namely, Bible, Language, Histoi-y, English, 
Philosophy, and Science. While all the courses during 
the first year were required, due to limited teaching 
staff, the school is prepared to expand its offerings for 
the sake of students whose leanings may be in one or 
another direction other than the ordained ministry. 



CALLING ALL STUDENTS 

Already applications have started to come in, and 
it is wise that they should. The limited classroom 
space, teaching personnel, and living quarters make 
it imperative that students get their applications in 
as quickly as possible. Let all pastors throughout 
the denomination remind their young people of this 
matter. And. young people, pass the word on to 
others whom you may think are interested in get- 
ting into college. By all means write for an appli- 
cation form and fill it out and return it to the Dean, 
Dr. Herman A. Hoyt. Winona Lake. Ind. It may 
seem to you that you are ineligible after reading 
this article, but that can never be determined until 
the necessary information sought on the application 
form comes before the faculty. Act now, or at 
your earliest convenience. Registration for the 
year 1949-50 is set for Friday. September 9, 1949. 



Credits from other institutions are transferable provid- 
ing they are at college level, fall within the field of 
collegiate study, and can be integrated with the course 
of study being offered here. By examination credit will 
be received from institutions that are unaccredited. 

The Basic Courses Noio Being Taught 

A course of study in any institution is very much like 
a meal. There are a certain number of subjects that 
constitute the staples. And these form the foundational 
work of the Collegiate Division. These courses are 
standard in any regular college in the country, and are 
therefore transferable to any college, in case the student 
desires to pursue his study for the Bachelor of Arts 
degree. 

During this current year, a four-hour course in Begin- 
ning Greek is being taught, running through both se- 
mesters. General World History, Part I and II, the class 
meeting three hours weekly during both semesters, is 
being offered. A three-hour course in the Essentials of 
English Composition is also being offered in both se- 
mesters. So many college students are unable to get 
any philosophy during their regular college career. And 
yet this is so important for providing proper background 
for those intending to enter theological training. To 
supply this need an entire year in the History of Philos- 
ophy is being given leading to six semester hours of 
credit. In order to supply the proper Bible instruction 
a three -hour course in Old Testament Survey is now 
being presented. These five courses give the student a 
total of 16 semester hours credit, or a grand total of 32 
hours credit for the entire year. 

The Basic Courses jar the Coming Year 

Beginning Greek will proceed as usual, a four-hour 
course running through the year. But in addition an 
advanced course in Greek for second-year students will 
be offered. It will consist largely in reading and the 



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acquisition of a good vocabulary. During the first se- 
mester a three-hour course in the Introduction to Liter- 
ature in the English Language, a three-hour course in 
Logic, and a three-hour course in General Science will 
be offered. Running through both semesters for Bible 
Instruction a three-hour course in New Testament Sur- 
vey will also be given. 

Principles in Speech, Ethics, and General Psychology, 
all three-hour courses, will be offered during the second 
semester in addition to Advanced Greek and New Testa- 
ment Survey. These basic courses will total thirty- 
two hours for the entire year. 

The New Courses Being Added to the Curriculum 

At the recent National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches the college committee of the previous year 
was retained and charged with the responsibility of 
conferring with a committee from the Grace Seminary 
Board of Trustees for the purpose of working out 
details for a proposed college. At the meeting of these 
two committees it was decided to keep the collegiate 
effort for the present to two years, but to expand the 
course of study and add new faculty members as quickly 
as possible. 

To comply with these well-designed proposals new 
subjects have been drawn up and will be offered this 
coming year. Courses in Beginning French will be 
offered for students in the Collegiate Division who might 
prefer this language to Greek. It is also possible that 
Spanish too may be offered. For students desiring to 
elect Bible courses in the place of other subjects, a 
three-hour course in Bible Doctrine will extend through 
the year. Along with this, three-hour courses in Bible 
Geography and Bible Manners and Customs will be 
added. 

Two Types of Study Prograins jor Students 

1. The study program for ministerial candidates. 
Students who successfully pass the courses in the two- 
year Collegiate Division of Grace Theological Seminaiy, 
and then finish the last two years of college work at 
another institution with a Bachelor of Arts degree, will 
then be admitted to the regular three-year Theological 
Curriculum of the seminary and receive the Bachelor of 
Divinity degree upon graduation. Students who satis- 
factorily complete the courses in the two-year Colle- 
giate Division may apply for admission directly to the 
regular three-year Theological Curriculum of the sem- 
inary and receive the Bachelor of Theology degree upon 
graduation. 

2. The study program for other than ministerial can- 
didates. Students who successfully pass the courses in 
the two-year Collegiate Division of the seminary, and 
then finish the last two years of college work at another 
approved school with the Bachelor of Arts degree, will 
then be admitted to the two-year Christian Education 
Curriculum of the seminary and upon graduation, and 
the presentation of an acceptable thesis in this field, 
receive the Master of Religious Education degree. Stu- 
dents who successfully complete the courses in the two- 
year Collegiate Division of the seminary may apply for 
admission directly to the two-year Christian Education 



Curriculum and receive the Bachelor of Christian Edu- 
cation degree upon graduation. 

Tuition, Fees, and Living Accommodations 

For students in the Collegiate Division the charges 
per semester are $100 for tuition and $25 for fees, in- 
cluding $5 for registration, $15 for library and inciden- 
tals, and $5 for student activities. Students taking less 
than 12 hours will pay at the rate of $10 per semester 
hour and the regular registration fee of $5. Work in 
the Theological Seminary proper continues as before 
without any charge for tuition. All fees must be paid 
in advance. Tuition for the semester may be paid in 
two equal sums — one at the time of registration, and the 
second prior t6 the regular mid-semester examinations. 
The unused portion of tuition charges will be refunded 
in cases of honorable dismissal. Fees are not returnable. 

Since the Seminary does not operate dormitories at 
present, students must secure living accommodations in 
private rooms and apartments. The administration will 
give all possible assistance in this matter, but cannot 
guarantee to secure accommodations for students. The 
Westminster Hotel' is open thi-oughout the winter, and 
rates can be secured by writing directly to the hotel. 
Whenever possible, students will find it best to arrive a 
few days early for the purpose of looking over available 
accommodations. 

In all matters of moral conduct, spiritual ideals, doc- 
trinal position, and general academic rules not spe- 
cifically stated in this announcement, the regulations as 
published in the Seminary catalogue will apply. 

Matter Pertaining to Application 

In harmony with the charter provisions of the Sem- 
inary, the courses in the Collegiate Division are open to 
all worthy and properly qualified students, regardless of 
denominational affiliations. All applicants for admission 
to the Collegiate Division must present transcript evi- 
dence of graduation from a standard high school or 
academy, or a full academic equivalent. Since for the 
present the number of admissions must necessarily be 
limited, consideration will be given to high-school grade 
averages, proved industry and intelligence, maturity of 
character, ability to exercise self-discipline, and other 
pertinent factors. The application must be accompanied 
by a letter signed by the pastor and one other official 
of the church to which the applicant belongs, certifying 
to the good standing, Christian character, spiritual pur- 
pose, and industry of the applicant. Since many factors 
enter into the picture of the applicant, by all means he 
should fill out an application form so that the faculty 
can give due consideration to his case. 



IMPORTANT NOTICE 

The Senior Class at Grace Seminary is publishing 
the first year-book ever put out by the school. It 
is a 32-page book featuring life around the Seminary 
in pictures. Anyone interested in purchasing one 
of these books for $1.00 may do so by ordering 
from Edward D. Miller, Winona Lake, Indiana. 



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Hews Bw(^ 

Items for the News Briefs Page 
this week were compiled by Jesse 
Deloe, Brother Taber being away in 
a Bible conference in Leamersville. 
Pa. 

Bro. George E. Cone, pastor at the 
Danville, Ohio, church, greets us in 
card and informs us that "we are 
holding forth the Word of Life and 
becoming acquainted with the mem- 
bers and the community as rapidly 
as possible." He asks prayers for 
the church in its testimony. 

Bro. G. W. Kinzie announces that 
he would be glad to supply the pul- 
pit for any of the pastors within 
reach of Logansport, Ind. He may 
be addressed at 118^ Eel River Ave., 
Logansport, Ind. 

The Bible conference speaker for 
Johnstown, Pa., First Church, will 
be Rev. Ralph Stoll. The dates are 
March 14-17. 

The following attendance record 
was achieved in Waynesboro, Pa., on 
Sunday, Feb. 6: Bible school, 258; 
morning worship, 204; evening wor- 
ship, 258. 

Rev. Bob Pierce will be the speak- 
er at the First Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., on March 6. Also featured at 
the service will be the Eureka Jubi- 
lee Singers. 

At Seal Beach, Calif., where Rev. 
Edward Bowman is the new pastor, 
a missionary service was held on 
Feb. 6, in which Rev. Clarence Sickel 
spoke and showed pictures of the 
Argentine field. 



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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business Manager. . .Miies Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake, Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20, D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake. Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



Pastor Galen Lingenfelter, in the 
Buena Vista, Va., bulletin, expresses 
his appreciation for the fine attend- 
ance at the Sunday night services. 
On Feb. 6 three made first-time de- 
cisions and two rededicated their 
lives to Christ. The Home Mission 
goal of $1,000 was oversubscribed by 
$81.56. 

Attendance at the Sunnymede 
church. South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 
30 was: Sunday school, 87; morning 
worship, 75; evening worship, 80; 
afternoon missionary rally, 64. 

•The W. M. C. Northwest District 
Rally is being held in Yakima Feb. 
26. Also, the laymen of the district 
are meeting for an organizational 
meeting in the interests of evange- 
lism. 

Rev. Lowell Hoyt began a series 
of meetings with the Jenners, Pa., 
church on Feb. 20. The meeting is 
scheduled for two weeks. 

From the Hagerstown, Md., bul- 
letin (Feb. 6) : "Congratulations are 
in order to Carson Rottler, who was 
united in marriage yesterday to 
Rosalind Royall Jackson, daughter 
of the Rev. and Mrs. John C. Jack- 
son of the First Baptist Church of 
Jonesville, Va. Mr. and Mrs. Car- 
son Rottler will be at their home, 
702 Terrace Ave., Winona Lake, Ind.. 
after Tuesday the eighth of Febru- 
ary. Carson is a student at Grace 
Theological Seminary, and is look- 
ing forward to serving the Lord in 
South America." 

On March 19th, at the Allentown, 
Pa., church, a special Saturday night 
meeting will be held with Percy 
Crawford and his staff. 

A Year Book is being published 
this year by the Senior Class of 
Grace Theological Seminary. This 
book, the first of its kind, will be 32 
pages and will contain interesting 
pictures depicting life around the 
school. Prospective purchasers may 
order from Edward D. Miller, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. The price is $1.00. 

At its recent quarterly business 
meeting, the Leeshurg, Ind., church 
heard a report that showed the per- 
capita giving of the membership was 
$100 for the year. 

Attendance at the Bible school of 
the Philadelphia, Pa., First Church 
for the month of January broke all 
records since the group moved to 
its present location. The figures, as 
given in the church bulletin, are: 
1949 — 1,089 present, an average of 



218; 1948 — 892 present, an average 
of 178; 1944 — 615 present, an aver- 
age of 123. 

Word comes that Miss Ruth Snyder 
sailed on Feb. 15 for her missionary 
post in French Equatorial Africa. 

A farewell party was held for the 
Keith Altig family on Feb. 10 in 
Whittier, Calif. About 200 people 
attended, and a gift of appreciation 
was presented to them. They left 
California on the 15th and spent a 
few days in Winona Lake before 
leaving for New York, where they 
plan to sail for Brazil on or about 
the 25th. 

A new hardwood floor for the au- 
ditorium at Homerville, Ohio, has 
been authorized and work will soon 
begin. 

"Souls for Christ" is the theme of 
the month of March at t h e Pei-u, 
Ind., Brethren Church. During the 
month there will be membership vis- 
itation, visitation of the unchurched, 
and a two-weeks evangelistic cam- 
paign. Bro. R. D. Barnard was the 
speaker on Feb. 13. 

At the recent quarterly commun- 
ion service of the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, Calif., there 
were 560 taking part. Average at- 
tendance for the morning sei'vices 
during January was 741 and the eve- 
ning services, 468. 

On Feb. 13 at the Juniata, Altoona, 
Grace Brethren Church the morn- 
ing speaker was Rev. Miles Taber, 
editor of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald, and the speaker in the eve- 
ning was Rev. L. L. Grubb, secre- 
tary of the Brethren Home Missions 
Council. 

The revival meetings at the North 
Buffalo Brethren Simday School 
(Skrnall), Kittanning, Pa., where 
Rev. Henry Rempel was the evange- 
list, resulted in 42 public confessions 
— many of them first-time. 

Attendance averages for January 
at the Brethren Chapel, Alexandria, 
Va., were: Sunday school, 72; morn- 
ing worship, 55; B. Y. F., 51; eve- 
ning worship, 63; prayer meeting, 22. 

Evangelistic services, with Rev. 
Eddie Wagner as the speaker are 
being held Feb. 28 through March 13 
at the Corapton, Calif., church. 

To our list of names of those who 
read the Bible through in 1948 are 
added the following; Mrs. Elizabeth 
Firestone, of Uniontown, Pa., and 
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Coffin, of the 
Uniontown church. 



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EVANGELISM 




THE GREATEST NEED OF CHRISTIAN CHURCHES TODAY: A NEW EXPERIENCE WITH GOD— By R. Paul Miller 



The cry of the Psalmist in 85:6, 
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that 
thy people may rejoice in thee?" is 
beginning to rise from the hearts of 
many pastors and people. Although 
we have never had such elaborate 
provision for every department of 
church activity, yet preachers are 
iDurdened over the spiritual weak- 
ness and coldness of their congrega- 
tions. 

Hardly is any need voiced today 
till it is met. Just let a preacher 
suggest an addition to the church 
lauilding and the project is on. If a 
new piano is asked for in the Sun- 
day school, it is at hand in a few 
days. Let sonie mission mention the 
need of a station wagon and in no 
time the money is on hand to buy it. 
Never have our church buildings 
been so well equipped. Improve- 
ments that have waited for vears are 
now realized. Ordinary churches 
tiiat once had difficulty paying one 
preacher a good salary, have now 
doubled his salary and have added 
an assistant pastor. Church treas- 
uries are running balances of thou- 
sands of doUars. But the preachers 
quickly speak their alarm about 
spiritual conditions that prevail. As 
one preacher recently said, and sad- 



BRIEF TREASURER'S REPORT 

Board of Evangelism of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches 

Receipts (all sources) $986.17 

Disbursements (trav. exp., 
oflBce suppUes, P. O. box, 
printing, postage) 280.04 



Balance, Jan. 29, 1949 . 



706.13 



ly, "The more money we have, the 
smaller our prayer meeting gets."' 

The more elaborate our services 
and activities become, the more does 
formalism creep into the whole en- 
terprise. Rituals, responses, cere- 
monies, and Lenten seasons become 



more prominent. Services become 
smooth-running and flawless. The 
congregation feels pleased that a 
fine impression is made on visitors 
as though that were the goal of the 
church's existence. But the visitors 
leave the services unmoved, saying, 
"It was a very nice service; we 
greatly enjoyed it." But if the Spirit 
of God had been free to work, un- 
saved people wouldn't have enjoyed 
the service; they would have been 
convicted of sin. 

Then there is such a fine feehng 
that big things have been done in 
the past. "We have just given our 
largest offering for missions." "We 
have burned our mortgage and are 
free of debt." "We have just had 
our finest Bible conference. The 
speakers were wonderful." "We 
support a missionary on the field." 
These are all very fine. We are "rich 
and increased with goods." How 
good we feel! We have everything, 
just everything. Yes, everything 
but power with God. Everything 
but a broken heart for lost men. 
Everything but a revival. Every- 
thing but the shout of new-born 
souls in the camp. 

The note of joy has been dying 
out of our experience. We are so 
proper. We are so correct. We 
frown upon the "amen corner." An 
amen from the audience would scare 
a lot of preachers half to death, and 
cause many scowls from shocked 
parishioners. But untU there are 
tears for lost souls; until there are 
broken-hearted mothers and fathers 
because of their unsaved children, 
there will be little conviction of sin, 
there will be fewer prayer-burdened 
hearts, fewer conversions, and con- 
sequently less joy. The real joy for 
the child of God is found in saving 
souls from hell, is bringing the lost 
to Christ. But the tears, the pray- 
ing, and the testifying must come 
first. "He that goeth forth and 
weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall 
doubtless come again with rejoic- 
ing, bringing his sheaves with him" 
(Psa. 126: 6) . Today we have plenty 



of sociology, psychology, and theol- 
ogy, but we are woefully lacking in 
"doxology." The reason for it is 
that we have largely lost our first 
love. 

Said the Lord to the Ephesian 
church, "Remember therefore from 



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whence thou art fallen, and repent, 
and do the first works; or else I will 
come unto thee quickly, and will re- 
move thy candlestick out of his 
place, except thou repent" (Rev. 2: 
5). When you view the things that 
this Ephesian church h a d to their 
credit they look mighty fine. Just 
note them: "I know thy works, and 
thy labour . . . and how that canst 
not bear them which are evil; and 
thou hast tried them which say they 
are apostles, and are not, and hast 
found them liars: and hast borne, 
and hast patience, and for my 
name's sake hast laboured, and hast 
not fainted." What a record! You 
would have to hunt a long time to 
find a church like that today. And 
yet the Lord demanded repentance 
of that kind of a church. Say, if 
you could get the ear of our Lord 
today what do you suppose He would 



February 26, 7949 



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demand of your church, preacher? 
No matter how many tnings that 
Ephesian church had to their credit, 
the most important thing to the Lord 
was that they had "left their first 
love" — the Lord Jesus Christ had 
lost His first place in their hearts. 
That one thing meant more to Jesus 
Christ than all their works, and 
purging, and heresy trials. That first 
love for Him has been lost from 
many a church and heart this day. 

Our fathers may have had to sit 
on plain benches without backs to 
them, but they didn't sit there eye- 
ing the clock lest the preacher run 
over his allotted 25 minutes for his 
sermonette. They didn't have such 
spiritual dyspepsia — they weren't so 
spiritually anemic — that they could- 
n't stand a real message from the 
Word of God. They may not have 
had college-bred preachers to listen 
to, but when they preached, they be- 
lieved that they were Ustening to 
the voice of God. They didn't go 
home and promptly forget what 
they were taught as though it were 
just a voice in the pulpit with a 
lovely song for a few minutes of re- 
ligious entertainment. They went 
home and applied it. The family 
altar didn't die at home; it was the 
pillar and stay in trouble, sickness, 
grief, and heartache. They didn't 
give God a lot of excuses for ab- 
sence from church services — t hey 
were there. They never got too 
busy for God. They counted it good 
business to stop in the midst of har- 
vest for family worship, and to quit 
an hour early on Wednesday eve- 
ning in order to go to prayer meet- 
ing. When revivals came, they 
crowded the church and hardened 
sinners were saved by the score. 
Today, with fine buildings, pipe or- 
gans, highly trained preachers, lilt- 
ing choirs, the average revival can't 
even bring out the church's own 
members, and sinners just aren't 
there. 

One thing is sure: our fathers had 
something in the way of spiritual 
conviction, confidence, genuineness, 
power, or something that possessed 
them, that we sadly lack today. 
Call it what you will, we need it 
now, and we need it badly. Scores 
of churches and thousands of mem- 
bers have a "name to live and yet 
are dead." They have a "form of 
godliness, but deny the power there- 
of." This is no trifle. It is basic. It 
is tragic. It is vital. It is essential. 
There can be no great revival with- 



out it. While many are splitting 
their theological hairs and shouting 
their shibboleths, souls are slipping 
into hell by the thousands. Instead 
of wasting our time and strength 
quibbling over terms and terminol- 
ogy, let us unite our broken hearts, 
and our willing hands, and faithf^il 
testimony in saving lost men before 
our Lord returns. 

William Culbertson, a long-time 
friend, and now president of Moody 
Bible Institute, carries this same 
burning heart and concern. It was 
revealed in his address in Chicago 
at the Sword of the Lord evange- 
listic conference last November. You 
should read it over and over. It is 
worth its weight in gold for today. 
He said, in part: 

"I mean business about this. I am 
not playing with it. Stephen Olford. 
a young evangelist from Britain, sat 
in my office some time ago. We were 
talking about a series of meetings in 
which he was going to address the 
students and employees of the In- 
stitute. He looked at me, and with 
a penetrating eye he said, 'Now, Dr. 
Culbertson, are there some things 
that perhaps I should know and 
should avoid?" 'What do you mean?' 
I asked. 'Well,' he said, 'you know 
how it is in some quarters. There 
are certain ideas about how the Holy 
Spirit is going to work. There are 
certain preconceived notions as to 
just what phraseology should be 
used, etc. Maybe you ought to warn 
me about that.' 

"I said to him honestly (and I 
say it publicly — I say it now to you) , 
'Brother Olford, if God gives you 
something to say, say it! I do not 
care about the phraseology. I am 
sick and tired of phraseology. That 
is all a lot of us know. We know 
how to dot the "i" and how to cross 
the "t," but we do Tiot have the 
power of God! I have come to the 
place where, if the hand of God is 
on somebody, I do not care how he 
says what he has to say. We need 
the power of God! Fundamentalism 
needs the power of God. Moody 
Bible Institute needs the power of 
God. Your churches need the power 
of God. We had better stop worry- 
ing about how folks talk. Oh, yes, 
I believe in Scriptural language. 
Don't misunderstand me. But I am 
a lot more concerned that somebody 
knows what he is talking about, 
rather than to mouth out something 
that somebody else has said.' 

"That, in my estimation, is one of 



A "SUCCESS" STORY 

A few weeks ago in his syndicated 
column, "Pitching Horseshoes," Billy 
Rose said that in 1923 a group of the 
world's most successful financiers 
were gathered at Edgewater Beach 
Hotel in Chicago. Present v/ere the- 
president of the largest independent 
steel company, the president of the 
largest utility company, the greatest 
wheat speculator, the president of 
the New York Stock Exchange, a 
member of the cabinet of the Presi- 
dent of the United States, the great- 
est "bear" in Wall Street the presi- 
dent of the Bank of International 
Settlements, and the head of the 
world's greatest monopoly. 

The "success" stories of these men 
had been featured in magazines and 
books for years, as illustrious ex- 
amples for American youth. That 
was in 1923. Now, 26 years later, 
what is the sequel to those "success" 
stories? The president of the steel 
company lived the last years of his 
life on borrowed money and died 
"broke." The greatest wheat spec- 
ulator died abroad, insolvent. The 
president of the New York Stock 
Exchange served a term in Sing Sing 
prison. The member of the United • 
States President's cabinet was re- 
leased from prison so that he could 
die at home. The greatest "bear" 
in Wall Street committed suicide. 
The president of the Bank of Inter- 
national Settlements committed sui- 
cide. The head of the world's larg- 
est monopoly committed suicide. 
Seven of the eight "successful" men 
ended their lives in tragedy and 
sorrow. — Christian Victory Magazijie. 



the greatest weaknesses in funda- 
mentalism. We have gone over a 
lot of phrases that our fathers used, 
and I beUeve understood in their 
hearts; but to us they are just so 
many phrases. Until the Spirit of 
God burns them into our own hearts 
they are going to be empty phrases. 
Oh, may God give us something of 
reality! Oh, the need — the need of 
the world." [Italics ours.] 

God give all of us the kind of ex- 
perience with Himself that will 
cause all our hearts to melt into the 
burning heart of Calvary, and unite 
us in a consuming passion to bring 
dying men to Christ. 

We need a new experience with 
God. 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 

REV. C. S. ZIMMERMAN, Editor 




KEYS TO SUNDAY SCHOOL ADVANCE 



There are seven keys to advance 
in the Sunday school: 

1. The Staff. 

In any war the staff of the army 
and navy are chosen meticulously. 
We are engaged in a warfare that is 
not with flesh and blood but with 
principalities and powers, hence the 
staff needs to be chosen with the 
utmost care. Fine equipment and 
the most carefully laid plans would 
never mean the army's advance if 
the staff failed. The Sunday school 
needs the best staff obtainable. 

The key man on the staff is the 
superintendent. He is the most im- 
portant officer of the church and can 
make or break the pastor's vision of 
the work to be done. He should be 
hand-picked, trained, and guided 
continuously. 

The rest of the staff must be se- 
lected with just as great care as the 
superintendent. They are the ones 
who do the work. 

2. Departmentalize. 

In advance effort in war the large 
group is broken down into small 
units and worked separately, and 
yet they are tied together as a co- 
operative whole. The Sunday school 
needs to be broken down into the 
following departments: nursery, be- 
ginners, primary, junior, intermedi- 
ate, senior, young people, and adult. 

Each of these departments needs 
to work separately but be tied to- 
gether in a cooperative whole for 
the shaping of the immortal destiny 
of the souls entrusted to the Sun- 
day school. 

In this work personnel is of first 
consideration, and must be selected 
according to ability to work with 
pupils of the age to which they are 
assigned. 

3. Plan the Work. 

This planning must be done by 
the teachers and officers in a staff 
meeting which should be held at the 
very least each month. It is here 
where the curriculum is made and 
adapted to each department. It is 
here where the general departmental 



High points from the address 
oj the Rev. Harold Gamer at the 
Sunday School Convention at 
National Conference. 



program is outlined, to be made 
adaptable then by the various de- 
partments. There is much material 
available now, so that it will not 
need to be discussed here as to how 
to make such plans. 

4. Work the Plan. 

a. Begin where you are. Keep 
the cradle roll up to date, scour the 
community for new members for the 
cradle roU. Plan a campaign to 
bring in the absentees. Look after 
the shut-ins. 

b. Conquest of otherwise un- 
reached by the Sunday school. This 
will require a canvass of the com- 
munity, and a constant bringing up 
to date of this information. Church 
members not in Sunday school make 
a good field. Church auxiliary or- 
ganizations will furnish a good field, 
and the visitors to the church will 
make good contacts. A most efficient 
way is to teach the pupils to give 
names of prospective new members. 

5. Train the Teachers. 

Many people refuse to teach in 
the Sunday school because they say 
they do not know how. In all prob- 
ability they are right but all can be 
trained. The public school system 
sets up a very high standard for the 
teachers in it who only train boys 
and girls to live in this world. Is it 
not reasonable then, that the teach- 
ers who are training people for eter- 
nity should be at least as highly 
trained? 

6. Evangelize. 

Eighty per cent of the Sunday 
school pupils pass through the school 
without coming to Christ. The les- 
son material should be so designed 
that each lesson brings home the 
Gospel appeal, and it should be the 
passion of every teacher to lead the 
entire class to our Lord. There 
should be a steady stream of Sunday 



school pupils making their confes- 
sion of faith in Christ as Saviour 
each Sunday morning. This is not 
the work of Decision Day or the 
regular evangelistic meetings of the 
church. We must evangelize the 
unsaved and edify the saved! 

7. Prayer. 

None of the above-mentioned 
things can be done successfully 
without prayer. The pastor and the 
congregation must pray for the ad- 
vance of the Sunday school. The 
teacher must pray continuously for 
the pupils. The entire work of the 
church must needs be saturated with 
prayer. The Sunday school is the 
church's greatest evangelistic field, 
hence the work of the Sunday school 
must be saturated with prayer all of 
the time. 



A TEACHER'S CODE 

By C. V. Egemeier 

Trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ 
for strength, I promise — 

To come before the class each 
Sunday with a prepared lesson, pre- 
pared heart, and a prepared attitude. 

To make every effort to grow in 
grace and in the knowledge of the 
Lord Jesus Christ, and to lead my 
pupils to do the same. 

To contact absentees promptly, 
personally, and persistently. 

To set an example in faithfulness, 
regular attendance, punctuality, and 
stewardship. 

To make my instruction personal 
and practical, adapting the lesson to 
the individual needs. 

To make a conscientious effort to 
win every pupil to Christ and to 
help him live a Christian life. 

To be loyal to my church and 
Bible school. 

To cooperate gladly with my pas- 
tor, superintendent, and other offi- 
cers. 

To investigate and appropriate 
every possible means of improving 
my teaching ministry. 

To esteem Christ first, others sec- 
ond, and self last. 



February 26, J 949 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




CLYDE K. LANDRUM 



The effect of missionary work, 
both home and foreign, on the 
church itseK is indicated in the life 
story of Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, 
pastor of the church in Leesburg, 
Ind. Brother Landrum was born at 
Lost Creek, Ky., so it was home 
missions that took the Gospel mes- 
sage to the home of his parents. As 
a result of this mission, his father 
and mother and all 12 children (with 
the exception of one who was dead 
at birth) were saved. Four of those 
boys became preachers of the Gos- 
pel, Sewell and Clyde in the Breth- 
ren Church, and Logan and Orie in 
the Southern Presbyterian Church. 
Sewell is pastor of the Home Mis- 
sion church at Clayhole, Ky., and 
Clyde is the first full-time pastor of 
the Leesburg. Ind., church which has 
been self-supporting from the start. 
Thus does Home Missions "pay off." 

But Foreign Missions also had a 
part in Brother Landrum's life, for 
it was the frequent visits of foreign 
missionaries to Lost Creek that first 
impressed the call to full-time serv- 
ice on his heart. He was especially 
challenged by the Gribbles. As a 
child he feared that the world would 
be evangelized before he was old 
enough to help! 

But to go back to the beginning, 
Clyde Landrum was born March 23, 



1909, at Lost Creek. As a boy he 
was nicknamed "Preacher," though 
he insists he was not a boy preacher. 
He was converted at the age of 8 in 
revival meetings in Riverside Insti- 
tute. He was baptized by Rev. G. 





CLYDE LANDRUM 

E. Di-ushal in old Troublesome 
Creek. 

After attending several schools, 
including Lees Junior College, 
Morehead Teachers College, and At- 
lantic Christian College, he entered 
on a teaching career. He taught in 
the grades in Kentucky from 1931 to 
1940, being principal of the school 
for part of that time. There he had 
the privilege of teaching the Bible 
every day, and leading the children 
in prayer, singing of Gospel songs, 
and memorizing Scripture. 



During the next four years he was 
assistant manager for the Pruden- 
tial Insurance Company for the 
State of Kentucky. In 1944 and 1945 
he was war bond sales manager for 
a shipbuilding company at Stock- 
ton, Calif. This teaching, selling, 
and organizing work was excellent 
training for the ministry, but when 
he finally answered the call to fuU- 
time work he felt the need for more 
definite training. So he spent two 
years at the Bible Institute of Los 
Angeles and three years in Grace 
Seminary, graduating from both 
schools. 

During his student days at Grace 
Seminary he became part-time pas- 
tor of the new work in nearby Lees- 
burg, giving the church his full time 
since seminary graduation. He was 
ordained to the ministry May 2, 1948. 
in the Leesburg church. 

Mrs. Landrum, the former Miss 
Ruby A. Larson, came from Man- 
teca, Calif., and is a sister of Mrs. 
Ricardo Wagner, of Argentina. The 
Landrums have two sons, Philip 
Ray, 9, and Gerald Richard, 2. Philip 
has already dedicated his life for 
full-time service for Christ. 

Clyde Landrum is 5 feet 6% inches 
tall, weighs 165 pounds, has hazel 
eyes and brown hair. 



''Mother Shipton's Prophecy" 



"The difficulty of framing a proph- 
ecy which shall prove accurate," 
says Dr. Arthur T. Pierson, writing 
about sixty years ago, "may be seen 
in that crude rhyme known as 
'Mother Shipton's Prophecy.' It was 
supposed to be a relic of a remote 
day and claimed to have predicted 
the invention of railways, balloons, 
the Crystal Palace, and a number of 
other events. Years later it reap- 
peared with a few slight changes to 
make it include still more recent 
events. At times I was met by the 
statement that here was an ignorant 



old woman who lived four hundred 
years ago and had written an un- 
doubted prophecy containing many 
reinarkable predictions which had 
been fulfilled. For many years I 
tried to unearth and expose what 
seemed to be a huge imposture and 
at last I succeeded. 

"My first clue was that there were 
at least three separate versions. The 
variations were slight, but accom- 
modating the 'prophecy' to the new 
developments of the times, and at 
last the whole thing was traced to a 
certain Charles Hindley, who ac- 



knowledged himself to be the author 
of this prophetic hoax, which was 
written, not in 1448 but in 1862, and 
palmed off on a credulous public. 
It is one of the proofs of human 
perversity that the very people who 
will cast doubt on prophecies two 
thousand years old, the fulfillment 
of which is plain to all, will readily 
swallow a forgery without even en- 
quiring into its claims to antiquity." 
The prophecies of the Bible are 
unique! The Book alone foretells 
accurately events of the future. 
Fulfilled prophecy is the unanswer- 
able proof of the inspiration of the 
Bible! — Fifth and Cherry Light. 



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''Arise and Build" 



(NEHEMIAH 2:17-20) 



By REV. GERALD W. TEETER 

Pastor, First Bretbrer) Church 
Covingtort, Ohio 



The Word of God is a timely Book, 
for it is suited to all circumstances. 
Our text introduces us to a discour- 
aged and despondent people because 
of conditions in the work of the 
Lord. The devil has tried this tool 
so much lately. Many children of 
God are discouraged because of ef- 
forts undertaken in Christian work 
that have yielded little or no fruit. 
We invite you to sit by and permit 
this prophet, whose name means 
"consolation of Jehovah," to com- 
fort and exhort you concerning four 
pertinent factors regarding building 
for God — the Area, the Advice, the 
Adversaries, and the Assurance. 

In vei-se 17 we are introduced to 
the area. "Jerusalem lieth waste 
. . . gates . . . are burned with fire." 
The area is Jerusalem, which was 
the sacred spot of worship and wit- 
ness to Jehovah, and the prophet 
says that it lay in waste. The 
thought of its testimony in years 
gone by troubles the prophet. All 
we hear in Christian circles today is 
what our churches used to accom- 
plish, the souls that used to be saved, 
and the heart-searching and fruit- 
yielding messages of the past. If 
Christians as a body or as individ- 
uals must always refer to past ac- 
complishments, it is a poor indication 
of their present spiritual status. The 
normal Christian life reveals new 
depths each day. Have our gates, 
strength of testimony, been torn 
down? 

Being burdened with this waste- 
stricken area, the prophet arises to 
give advice (vss. 17b, 18). "Come, 
and let us build . . . that we be no 
more a reproach. Then I told them 
of the hand of my God . . . upon me." 
Much contrary to the average serv- 
ant of God today who views the 
situation and then proceeds to write 
a book on "The Weaknesses in Our 
Church," or to give a series of mes- 
sages on "The Present State of the 
Christian Church," Nehemiah said, 
"Let us rise up and build" — not pro- 
duce a book or proclaim a message, 
but huild — work. The cause of the 
Lord is always spoken of as work: 
". . . abounding in the work of the 
Lord."" 



We have reduced the work of the 
Lord to a profession instead of a 
labor. Instead of our ministers con- 
sidering the salary, size of congre- 
gation, the type of parsonage, and 
whether or not they shall have all 
modern conveniences, we need to 
consider whether the hand of the 
Lord has been upon the move, as 
was the testimony of Nehemiah. I 
am afraid the testimony of some of 
our moves among Christian workers 
would be like that of Naomi going 
to Moab, place of escape from trials, 
that the hand of the Lord was 
against her. Hence our places of 




REV. GERALD TEETER 

Christian testimony lie waste. As a 
result, for illustrations to illuminate 
our messages we have to resort to 
some book rather than testify to 
people how the hand of the Lord 
has been upon us in instances. 

The text states, "So they strength- 
ened their hands for this good work." 

It would be well for us to inves- 
tigate how they strengthened theii 
hands. First of all, chapter 1 re- 
veals that they returned to prayer 
and confession of sin. Lately I have 
sensed the prevailing attitude among 
Christian leaders of being afraid 
they will pray too much. A prayer- 
less servant of God is a powerless 
one. And the average minister to- 
day need not entertain the thoughi 
that he is praying too much. If the 
knees of our clothes were as worn as 
the soles of our shoes, we would see 
the gates of testimony restored. 

Secondly, they confessed their sins. 
If sin is not first discovered, then 
uncovered, and then covered by the 
blood of Christ, we shall continue to 



witness the waste of Jerusalem. We 
need to include in our prayers a 
petition for an individual sense of 
the heinousness of sin. The Chris- 
tian who plays with sin is just play- 
ing the game and not working in the 
project of God. 

Thirdly, we see in chapter 8 that 
they strengthened their hands by a 
revival in Bible reading. So long as 
hours spent with books about the 
Bible instead of hours with ths Bible 
under the tutorship of the Holy 
Spirit characterize the workshop of 
the Christian worker, we shall have 
a weak wall and burned gates. 

They strengthened their hands be- 
cause it was "a good work." This 
building is not for time, but etarnity; 
not for man but for the Lord of 
Hosts. It is a good work and worth 
doing. "Wherefore lift up the hands 
which hang down, and the feeble 
knees; and make straight paths for 
your feet . . ." 

However, no work of God goes 
without its adversaries (vs. 19). 
"For a great door and effectual is 
opened unto me, and there are many 
adversaries," states Paul. Remem- 
ber, where there is fire there will be 
smoke. The prophet introduces us 
to his adversaries and we today can 
expect these two types. First, there 
was Sanballat the Horonite and To- 
biah the servant, the Ammonite. 
Both of these were outside, arch- 
enemies of Israel. The first enemy 
of the Christian church comes from 
without the church. To make this 
timely, in short, we suggest that the 
outstanding enemy of the Gospel to- 
day from without is the Federal 
Council of Churches ... in America. 
We purposely exclude "of Christ" in 
this title because they have done so 
in their movement. The Moabite 
and the Ammonite were never to 
come into the congregation of God, 
and neither can any members of the 
above-mentioned group. They have 
no ".memorial in Jerusalem." 

Secondly, there was opposition 
from Geshem the Arabian. This 
man was either an Edomite or an 
Ishmaelite. Regardless of which one 
it may be, both are types of the 
fleshly nature, sometimes called the 



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dev. and Krs- Blaine Snyder 
tfinona Lakie, Ind. 



old nature. Beware of those who 
would be similar to Euodias and 
Syntyche in the church, those who 
cause confusion among Christians, 
themselves within the church. As 
you have often heard, if the devil 
can't cause disturbance from the 
outside, he will within. It is an old 
saying, but modern in practice. The 
"mind of Christ" is conspicuous by 
its absence in our present-day 
churches. 

Now we shall look at the assur- 
ance given by the prophet in verse 
20. It is positive. "The God of 
heaven, he will prosper us." We 
refer you to other Scriptures: ". . . 
forasmuch as ye know that your 
labour is not in vain in the Lord": 
". . . shall doiihtless come again with 
rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with 
him." His Word will not return 
unto Him void. 

The testimony of onlookers was, 
"they perceived that this work was 
wrought of our God." The need of 
the hour is more monuments to 
stand out for people beyond church 
affiliation to behold pastor or con- 
gregation, and take cognizance of 
the fact that God has worked. 

"Jerusalem lieth waste." Shall 
we Brethren arise to the area, ad- 
here to the advice, awake to the ad- 
versary, and acknowledge the assur- 
ance of this timely prophet? He will 
prosper us. 



BERNE, IND. 



We here at Bethel have just com- 
pleted our New Life Campaign with 
Bro. C. H. Ashman as our evangelist. 
It was one of the finest meetings in 
which I've ever had the privilege of 
being a co-laborer. A fine spirit of 
love and unity prevailed in all our 
services from the very start. Brother 
Ashman was a true yoke-fellow in 
the Lord. It was Brother Ashman's 
third meeting here, but my first 
privilege of working with him. He 
never preached better than he did 
here these two weeks. We are 
happy that the Lord led nim to 
Bethel for this meeting. 

As to numerical results, there were 
11 first-time confessions of Christ as 

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Saviour, three for full-time service 
as the Lord shall lead, 14 came for 
church membership (these in addi- 
tion to the first-time confessions) , 
19 reconsecrations, and one young 
man came for the definite assurance 
of salvation, making a total of 48 
definite decisions in all. How we 
praise the Lord! 

As pastor on the field, two out- 
standing factors impressed me very 
much, namely: there was much 
prayer, and the people had a mind 
to work! And God bestowed the 
blessings. 

As a result of this New Life Cam- 
paign, our church is definitely 
stronger spiritually and numerically. 
Continue to pray for us that we 
might remain true to the trust He 
left us while we await His coming — 
Ord Gehman, pastor. 



The Lord abundantly blessed the 
revival at the Bethel Brethren 
Church. The attendance was good 
in the midst of all types of weather. 
The interest was sustained. There 
was marvelous unity and rich fel- 
lowship. This revival was conduct- 
ed along the lines of prayer, person- 



al evangelism, and preaching. These 
were the attractions. It was a teach- 
ing, preaching, praying, personal 
soul-winning meeting. 

There were many tears shed dur- 
ing these meetings, but this was not 
a weeping revival. There was much 
deep emotion stirred and expressed, 
but this was not an emotional re- 
vival. The Holy Spirit was given 
His place of leadership, and as a 
result this was a spiritual revival. 

The present pastor, Bro. Ord Geh- 
man. has been and is God's man for 
this period in the history of the 
Bethel church. Under his leader- 
ship, as all are seeking the will of 
the Lord and willing to be led of the 
Spirit, the church is growing in 
numbers, in the confidence of the 
community, in Christian influence, 
and in winning of precious souls for 
Christ. The future for this people 
is as bright as the promises of God! 

We praise the Lord for the priv- 
ilege of being a co-laborer with the 
Bethel Brethren again and fellow- 
shipping with the pastor, Brother 
Gehman. — Evangelist Charles H. 
Ashman. 



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The Brethren at Beaumont, Calif., 
have organized a congregation and 
are looking for a full-time pastor. 
For the present, Rev. John Sansom 
is ministering to them while sup- 
porting himself and family by his 
meat market. Services are held in 
the Grange Hall on Beaumont Blvd. 
in Cherry Valley. Bob Munro held 
evangelistic services for the group, 
Feb. 20-27. Brother Sansom's new 
address is Box 284, Yucaipa. Calif. 

Rev. Meredith Halpin was ordained 
to the ministry in the church at 
Sharpsville, Ind.. F e b. 27. The 
Sharpsville congregation has boon 
meeting nightly for prayer and Bible 
study for several weeks, since the 
arrival of the Halpins on the field. 

A postcard from Rev. Orel Gehman 
is postmarked "Titusville, F 1 a." 
Brother Gehman says he is soaking 
up sunshine. 

Bor7i to Brother and Sister Fred 
Pflugh, Feb. 13, a daughter, Miriam 
Esther. Brother Pflugh is a student 
at Grace Seminary. 

Rev. Marvin L. Goodman, Sr.. is 
continuing to hold deputation ineet- 
ings in southern California while 
preparing to go to India as a child 
evangelism worker. Mrs. Goodman 
is teaching in a California public 
school. 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Busiir^ss Manager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20. B.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave., Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evan£;elism R. Paul Miller 

Youth Ralph Colburn 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O. E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



The Vicksburg church, near Hol- 
lidaysbiirg, Pa., is equipped with an 
elaborate sound system which makes 
it possible to play the finest sacred 
music either in the church or out- 
side. The church is fortunate in 
having a pastor. Rev. Dean I Walter, 
who is also a scientist and a tech- 
nician. 

Rev. James Dixon, pastor at Ash- 
land, Ohio, was given a surprise 
birthday dinner last month, and was 
presented with a Bulova wrist watch. 

Rev. Fred FogJe was installed as 
pastor of the church in Ankenytown, 
Ohio, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20. 

Bro. S. W. Link, member of the 
Missionary Herald board, and for- 
merly of Baden, Pa., has moved to 
43-776 Buck St., N. Indio Ranchos. 
Rt. 1, Indio, Calif. 

The church at Conemaugh, Pa., 
held a farewell fellowship for Miss 
R^lth Snyder on the eve of her de- 
pai'ture for Africa. 

The new bus at Covington, Va.. 
brought 60 pupils to Sunday school 
on Feb. 6. On the follow,'ing Sunday 
the upstairs portion of the new Sun- 
day school addition to the church 
was used for the first time. ■ Dr. 
Louis S. Bauman held a prophetic 
conference in the church last month. 

The Southeast District youth rally 
was held in Roanoke, Va., Feb. 11. 
with Rev. Galen Lingenfelter a~ 
speaker. 

The speaker at the Jewish confej'- 
ence in Winchester, Va., Feb. 20-23. 
was Dr. O. E. Phillips. Pastor Paul 
Dick and Rev. Walter Lepp are con- 
ducting a weekly prayer meeting 
and Bible class in Martinsburg, W. 
Va. 

Bro. Roy Kinsey, superintendent 
of the Sunday school at North Riv- 
erdale, Dayton, Ohio, underwent 
sui'gery last month. 

Rev. Arnold Kriegbaum will b? 
the evangelist at Seal Beach. Calif.. 
beginning on Easter Sunday. 

Rev. Harold Etling is the evange- 
list at Fort Wayne, Ind., March 7- 
20. The evangelist for the next citv- 



wide revival in Fort Wayne will be 
Dr. Joe Henry Hankins. 

Mrs. Roberta Kliewer reports much 
progress in the work in and around 
Taos, N. Mex. There are 25 students 
in the new Bible institute, and souls 
are being saved. More clothing is 
needed for the clothing room. It 
should be sent to Box 1531, Taos, N. 
Mex., via Santa Fe, railway express 
(not to Albuquerque). The Luceros 
are finding that their home is too 
small for the crowds that are com- 
ing to their Spanish-American work 
in Albuquerque. Louie Romero, the 
young man who was in the plane ac- 
cident, has had the cast removed 
from his leg, and is able to bend it a 
little. He is also making great spir- 
itual progress, and is witnessing to 
his Catholic relatives and friends. 
More Brethren students are needed 
to help in this work during the com- 
ing summer. Any who are interested 
should contact Youth Director Ralph 
Colburn. Miss Elaine Polman left 
the field last month. 

Additional Bible readers: Berne. 
Ind., Mrs. Ralph Christy; Cone- 
maugh, Pa., Mrs. J. L. Barkhimer, 
Mr. Charles Horner, Mr. and Mrs. 
John Leidy, Mrs. W. C. Yeager, Sr.; 
Spokane, Wash., Paul Lowery, Rev. 
W. H. Schaffer. 

A Day of Prayer for China has 
been called by missionary leaders 
for March 25. Copies of the call, 
and additional information and re- 
quests, may be obtained from the 
Sunday School Times Co., 325 N. 
13th St.. Philadelphia 5, Pa. 

Rev. L. L. Grubb's article. "The 
Mark of Faith," first appearing in 
the Missionary Herald, was I'eprinted 
in the Gospel Herald, Feb. 26. 

Theie are not sufficient funds in 
the Missionary Herald bank account 
to pay for the new Linotype machine 
which is expected to be delivered in 
April or May. We are not asking 
for offerings at this time of the year, 
for we believe the need can be met 
if our churches will stock up on 
Brethren books, tracts, etc., now. 
and pay for subscriptions and pur- 
chases promptly. 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




JAMES G. DIXON, JR. 



There is little difference between 
active lay service for Christ and 
what we call full-time Christian 
service, and this fact is well illus- 
trated in the life of Rev. James G. 
Dixon, pastor of the West Tenth 
Street Brethren Church of Ashland, 
Ohio. 

Immediately after his conversion 
he was determined to live for Christ. 
He won several of his school chums. 
and also his future wife, to the Lord. 
He organized a gospel team, and 
preached on various occasions. While 
he was busy, he felt his need of fur- 
ther preparation. He says, ."I real- 
ized that the Lord uses those who 
are prepared, so it was up to me to 
get prepared and He would do the 
rest." That led him to the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles. Following 
that, the Lord opened doors for serv- 
ice as he was prepared to enter 
them. 

Brother Dixon was born Feb. 3. 
1922, at Wichita, Kans. In child- 
hood he also lived in CofEeyville, 
Kans., Fullerton, Calif., and Kansas 
City, Mo. It was in Kansas City 
that he was converted at the Central 
Bible Hall, under the ministry of Dr. 
Walter L. Wilson, Brother Dixon 
being 16 years old at the time. He 
had been reared in a Lutheran home, 
and he credits his praying mother 
with having much to do with his 
conversion. 

It was in Wichita that Brother 
Dixon met his future wife. They 
were active together in gospel team 
work, and following their marriage 
they went to the Bible Institute of 
Los Angeles. During his student 
days he continued in active service, 
organizing a Sunday school in a Los 
Angeles housing unit, and later be- 
ing assistant pastor of the Third 
Brethren Church in that city, work- 
ing together with the late Rev. Al- 
bert Kliewer. He was also editor of 
the Biolan. 

His college training was received 
at Wichita University, Manchester 
College, and the College of Wooster. 
He graduated from Grace Seminary, 



honor at Biola. 

Brother Dixon came into the 



cum laude. having received the same man, who was teaching there at ihe 

time. He was baptized by Dr. Bau- 
man at Long Beach. He was or- 
dained to the Brethren ministry in 
1947 at the Sunnymede Brethren 
Church, South Bend. Ind. He was 
student pastor of the church at Ihe 
time, and he and Rev. Vernon Harris 
were ordained together. After grad- 
uation from the seminary he ac- 
cepted a call from the church in 
Ashland, where he is still pastor. 

Mrs. Dorothy Beatrice Dixon, his 
wife, teaches in Sunday school and 
does child evangelism work., They 
have three children: Richard Dale, 
5, and 3-year-old twins, Paul Ste- 
phen and Paula Stephani. Brother 
Dixon is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 




REV. JAMES DIXON 



Brethren Church while he was a 



student at Biola, following a series 180 pounds, has gray eyes and red 
of conferences with Dr. Paul R. Bau- hair. 




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Hf y, f f LLOWS— 

Our new Jeep Station Wagon is on 
its way to the Navajo work, perhaps 
there already! You see, the W.M.C. 
at National Conference voted to pur- 
chase one for the Taos work, but 
were unable to get it right away. 
But the Missionary Herald Company 
owned one which they would gladly 
trade for a Jeep Panel Truck. This 
was obtained for them, so their sta- 
tion wagon was released, and the 
Kliewers drove it to Taos, with the 
understanding that when they got 
the new one from the W. M. C, that 
one would go to the Navajo work. 

And Brother Grubb just drove 
the new one to Taos a couple of 
weeks ago. While there, he will 
seek to aid the church in some im- 
portant decisions, and then will 
drive the old Missionary Herald Sta- 
tion Wagon to Dorothy Dunbar, who 
will use it in the Navajo Indian 
work. Did I say old station wagon? 
Excuse the mistake. It's still com- 
paratively new, and has only a few 
thousand miles on it. And it has 
proved to be an excellent, econom- 
ical vehicle for the rugged use and 
poor roads of that part of the country. 

Remember, fellows, follow this 
Jeep with your prayers, and keep 
building up those offerings, so that 
we may fully meet the challenge of 
this new project. $1,600 is needed. 
Can we do it? I think so. Let's try! 



NEWS NOTES 

About 60 high-school and college- 
age young people from the Compton 
church enjoyed a week-end in the 
snow at Acorn Lodge recently. Phys- 
ically and spiritually, a wonderful 
time was had. Tobogganing, snow- 
balling, and other sports were en- 
joyed, and oh, what food! Pastor 
Forest Lance and Former Pastor 
Ralph Colburn led in the spiritual 
activities. 

The Youth leaders of the Third 
Brethren Church in Los Angeles 
met with the youth director recently 
for a round-table discussion of ideas, 
etc., followed by a light lunch, the 



regular C. E. meeting, and the eve- 
ning service. These round-table 
discussions are planned whenever 
possible in connection with the 
youth director's visits, and are prov- 
ing very helpful. 

Canton, Ohio, young people re- 
cently reorganized their B.Y.F., with 
11 charter members, and they have 
a list of 50 prospects on whom they 
are working. They form the Sun- 
day evening choir, and have a fine 
list of activities they are sponsoring. 
These include a gospel team which 
has ah-eady held meetings for shut- 
in members of the church, the plan- 
ning of a youth revival and banquet 
each summer, and providing finan- 
cial aid to B.S.L.V.'s of their church 
who are away in school. Sponsor is 
Mr. Iverson Baughman, and officers 
are Ruth Hall, president; Jane 
Young, vice president; and Carol 
Braucher, secretary-treasurer. 



HERE'S AN IDEA! 

When you run across a good idea 
on this page, or elsewhere, have 
your secretary file it in a special 
section of the secretary's book. 
Names, prices, etc., of special mate- 
rial could go there too, so you could 
have a fairly permanent record of 
these things so easily forgotten or 
lost. 



HERE'S HELP 

Many groups are finding the new 
secretary and treasurer books for 
B.Y.F. and C.E. very helpful, and 
many sets have already been or- 
dered. Has your group obtained a 
pair? Remember, there are two 
bindings: black flexible • imitation 
leather at $3 a pair, and blue stiff 
canvas at $2 a pair. Order direct 
from National Youth Director, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. (California churches 
order from Ralph Colburn, 209 E. 
Cedar, Compton, Calif., through 
March 5.) 

"Ideas for Young People's Pro- 
grams" is proving very popular and 
helpful with many groups. There 
are 140 ideas in the book, classified 
under many headings. You may not 
like them all, but any group ought to 
get at least 30 good ideas from the 
book. And a good idea ought to be 
worth two cents. And that's what 
the book will cost you — 60 cents. 
Order from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. 

Some of you have forgotten what 
we recommended for topic material 
for B.Y.F.'s and C.E.'s. It's "Chris- 
tian Service Quarterly," published 
by Union Gospel Press, and you can 
order through the Missionary Her- 
ald Co. Cost is only 14c a quarter. 
You ought to get at least two copies. 



The Need of the Hour 

By EVANGELIST CHARLES H, ASHMAN 
Radio Message Given Over Station WJEJ, Hagerstown, Md. 



The greatest need of this hour is 
an old-fashioned, heaven-born. Spir- 
it-directed revival. Unbelief is 
blinding the minds and bUghting the 
hearts of millions. The material is 
crushing out the spiritual. Souls are 
dying without Christ. And the 
average church stands paralyzed in 
the presence of the challenges of the 
hour. Why? 

Because of a lack of Spirit power! 
We are substituting humfen resources 
for the presence and power of the 
Spirit. We lack a living conscious- 



ness of the Spirit. We lack faith in 
the creative power of the Spirit in 
the New Birth. Christians are power- 
less and defeated because of com- 
promise with the world. As a con- 
sequence, we seek to run the church 
by human energy instead of Spirit 
power. It is man-managed instead 
of Spirit-directed. The church has 
plenty of mechanics but few dynam- 
ics. We run the church, at times, 
like a circus and get crowds. The 
energy of the flesh can do a lot of 
church work, but it takes the power 



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of the Spirit to convict and convert. 
We need a new sense and conscious- 
ness of the realized presence of the 
Spirit. 

We n e e d a Spirit-born, Spirit- 
directed, Spirit-empowered revival, 
not a streamlined, one- or two- 
weeks' series of services, a high- 
powered, pressure salesmanship, 
psychological, ethical, altruistic, 
therapeutic, humanistic series of en- 
tertaining specialties, devoid of con- 
viction of sin and separation from 
the world, but a getting back to the 
Bible, to Christ, to the New Birth, 
to separation from the world, to get- 
ting right with God and with each 
other. 

Pep meetings have supplanted 
prayer meetings. Religious educa- 
tion has been substituted for the 
study of the simple Gospel. We are 
trying to do professionally, by means 
of man-made propaganda, what we 
used to do by the power of preach- 
ing and prayer. The Rip Van Win- 
kle slumberers will never be awak- 
ened that way. It will take more 
than plans and programs to do so. It 
will take "effectual, fervent pray- 
ing." When we are willing to have 
less of the supper room and more 
of the upper room, then revival will 
come. Prayer will blast us out of 
a smug complacency and reveal unto 
us our spiritual need. Back to 
Bethel! Back to El-Bethel! 

Beware of the devil's substitutes 
for real revival. These flying squad- 
rons which invade our cities pro- 
fessing to bring a re-evaluation of 
Christianity, using bUtzkrieg meth- 
ods, substituting ethics and moral- 
ity for repentance and regeneration, 
curse the church with unregenerate 
members. There appears to be an 
increased interest in real revival. So 
the devil gets busy with his coun- 
terfeits and substitutes. You can 
have increased interest in church 
work without a revival. You can 
even do more for God without per- 
mitting God to do more in and 
through you. You can have an emo- 
tional, fanatical awakening without 
the depth of the Spirit's work. Be- 
ware of a worked-up revival, a me- 
chanical revival, a super-tornado, 
whirlwind revival, a human-energv 
revival, a streamlined revival which 
is only a streak! Pray for a burning- 
heart revival, a getting-down re- 
viral, . a heart-humbling revival, a 
soul-stirring revival, a Spirit-crea- 
tive revival! 







I I By Mrs. Robert E. A. Miller, Martinsburg, Pa 



The boys delight to break the 
bubble of coloring in the oleo bag, 
then work it up. Mother asked her 
second son on New Year's Day if 
he'd like to do this Uttle chore. He 
responded so readily Mother should 
have been a bit more watchful. He 
sat by the radio in the living room 
listening to the Radio Bible Kids 
program as he worked the color 
through the oleo. 

Busy with the baby and some 
other work upstairs, how could 
Mother know that this bag of oleo 
was being used as a ball? Sons two 
and three thought the bag of oleo 
made a fine ball for the house. Other 
balls are taboo indoors. Surely this 
couldn't cause any damage. 

Going downstairs with Kent. 
Mother saw the oleo was properly 
colored (of course she didn't know 
how this was accomplished) and 
suggested that the lad bring it to the 
kitchen. He did, but not before he 
warmed up his trusty arm and gave 
one mighty pitch. After the excite- 
ment had subsided and Mother could 
again think, she tried to realize that 
to her boy the sight of the oleo flying 
through the air must have been 
beautiful. But the landing wa.s 
tragic. 

A deflated, crestfallen, thoroughly 
frightened youngster came to the 
kitchen, oleo oozing and dropping all 
around on the floor. What a sight 
that yellow trail made! But the end 
is not yet. That blue living room 
rug, the only decent rug in the 
house, and now oleo lay on it in 
forbidding piles. 

Mother's chief sorrow in the acci- 
dent was not the greasy mess on the 
rug, nor the loss of the oleo. Her 
heart ached for the boy who always 
thinks he can get away with wrong- 
doing. He freely admits certain 
things are dead wrong — for otheis. 
These same violations are wrong for 
him only if he is caught and ha's to 
face the consequences, so he reasons. 

Countless times Mother has intei-- 
ceded before the Throne of Grace in 
behalf of her lad. Why does her boy 
think that w^hat is sin for others 
doesn't affect him? This oleo epi- 
sode was but another attempt to do 



the forbidden, hoping to go unde- 
tected. The numbers like this boy 
are legion. 

Mother knows this problem is as 
old as the human race. Many an- 
other mother understands this lan- 
guage. Indeed, who is the individual 
who ever has sojourned in this vale 
of tears who has not known the bat- 
tle of wanting to justify self's sins, 
yet in the same breath condemn 
others for the same thing? Why, oh 
why, are Christians so blind as to 
think we are different when it comes 
to violations of God's demands and 
standards? When the Word of God 
condemns us through the message 
we try to justify self by resentment 
toward the message bearer. 

Many a young person has become 
soured on things spiritual because 
of the destructive criticism he's 
heard at home. Trying to justify sin 
and inconsistencies in their own 
lives, parents belittle every one in 
the church from the pastor and the 
way he wears his tie to the dirty ears 
of the little urchin some dear Bible 
school teacher is loving and pointing 
to Christ. 

We think sin in the other fellow is 
awful. As for ourselves, well, the 
same thing that condemns another is 
not sin for us if we can avoid detec- 
tion and sin's consequences. These 
things ought not so to be. 

Sin is sin. Mother's boy discov- 
ered from sad experience that the 
oleo bag had just so much resistance 
to abuse. Beyond that it broke. 
Mother would never have known it 
was used as a ball if the bag had not 
broken. The lad knows now that 
his sin found him out. Likewise, 
"be sure your sin will find you out" 
(Num. 32:23). 

How long will your life take abuse, 
and stand under the strain of deceit? 
"Be not deceived; God is not 
mocked: for whatsoever a man sow- 
eth. that shall he also reap" (Gal. 
6:7). 



P.S.— The Miller children do not 
read this column. We studiously 
avoid leaving the magazine where it 
would be noticed. The reason, of 
course, is obvious. 



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Edited by O. E. HACKER 



After much prayer your editor 
was prompted to study the thu'd 
chapter of Colossians concerning 
"Christian Union with Christ and 
the Fruits of Such a Union." In 
the writer's opinion there is too 
much bickering and backbiting in 
our Christian experience, and this 
may be one of the reasons that sin- 
ners are not being saved in our 
churches in the numbers that we 
feel would justify our time and 
effort. 

The writer feels that this message 
comes from God through Paul the 
great apostle and that it has as much 
bearing on our church life today as 
it did back in the days it was written 
to the Colossians. You have, no 
doubt, heard the expression. "You 
can catch more flies with sugar than 
you can with vinegar." Well, you 
can cause more sinners to see Jesus 
by loving them than you can with a 
spirit of non-interest, and if we want 
souls saved as in the old days, it may 
be well that we Christians begin to 
look critically at our own attitudes 
toward the fellow who knows our 
attitude toward him. 

Colossians 3:12 says, "Put on 
therefore, as the elect of God, holy 
and beloved, bowels of mercies, 
kindness, humbleness of mind, meek- 
ness, longsuffering; forbearing one 
another, and forgiving one another, 
if any man have a quarrel against 
any: even as Christ forgave you. so 
also do ye." 

Our attitude toward our fellow 
■worshippers can stand a little check- 
ing-up on also. Don't think for one 
minute that those outside of the 
church are not watching the Chris- 
tians' attitude toward Christians, 
and this causes many to turn down 
the church of Christ when asked 
about their souls' salvation. If we 
in the church who know Christ are 
continually "feudin" and a-fightin'," 
we have little time to seek out the 
unsaved, because we have to spend 
so: much time protecting ourselves. 
■ ,:- : For instance, a member says 
: .vsomething uncomplimentary about 
a fellow Brethren. He is too haughty 
to ask forgiveness for his misdeeds. 



Soon a friend of the offended one 
rolls up his sleeve and get into the 
fight, and someone takes the side of 
the offender and the first thing we 
know there is a lot of ill feeling or 
"bad blood" and we forget about the 
"good blood" that Christ shed on 
Calvary, and we forget about the 
sinners who are lost, and the cause 
of Christ suffers. 

Sometimes the shepherds of the 
flocks are upset with some of the 
sheep and have a feeling against 
other shepherds, and in their con- 
cern of earthly things forget to keep 
their eyes on Christ, and forget to 
preach salvation. 

You know it has been said that the 
Brethren are "one big happy fam- 
ily." Let us do our part to keep it 
happy, both with one another and 
in the Lord, by curbing the petty 
differences from getting a foothold 
in our midst, by quoting to those 
offending the third chapter of Colos- 
sians so that they will not hinder the 
work of Christ in our churches. 

Someone has said, "Christians are 
going to live a long time together in 
eternity so we had better get used 
to living together down here." Think 
of a heaven which will be full of 
bickering and backbiting Christians! 
Of course you and I know that this 
will never be, but it is something for 
each of us to take account of while 
we are still down here. Read Colos- 
sians 3: it will be good for your soul. 



United States? Are your fellow- 
ships doing anything? Let's have 
your reports also. 



The Brethren fellowships of north- 
ern Ohio are really active. Your 
editor has received reports from 
Rittman, Akron, Fremont, Canton. 
Ohio, and Kittanning, Pa., in the 
past month and they are doing things 
in Ohio. How about the rest of the 




The work of the national Board of 
Evangelism can only progress as fast 
as they receive the necessary funds. 
If it fails to do much work, the lack 
of funds will be the reason. So back 
up this needed work in the Brethren 
churches over the land and souls will 
be saved and the national church 
will be strengthened and reinforced. 

The Board expected to have an 
evangelistic team at work by now, 
but there was not enough money 
available to make a team possible. 
Get behind this movement with 
your prayers and your finance, then 
things will happen in this sin-cursed 
nation of ours. 



The women of the First Church of 
Dayton, Ohio, are entertaining the 
men's fellowship in March and all 
the men's fellowships in the Miami 
Valley are invited to attend with 
them. Take notice. North Riverdale, 
Troy, Covington, Clayton, and Cam- 
den, Ohio. All you need bring is 
your person. They will expect each 
to have a good delegation present. 



Have you spoken to some lost soul 
about your Saviour? Years whizz 
by. and if you don't hurry you may 
have a zero on your heavenly re- 
port card at conference tune. Re- 
member, we set a goal of 5,000 souls 
in the Brethren churches, and we 
will give a report of our services at 
that time. Can we do it? 



The Easter offering for Foreign 
Missions will be called for soon. 
There are men women, and children 
dying in sin in our foreign mission 
fields, and without our gifts this 
work cannot be increased, so let us 
not forget this worthy cause. 



Where are those articles that were 
promised by some of our Brethren? 
Your editor needs your help. There 
are some men in the Brethren 
Church who can write an article and 
we need their testimony. 



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PRAYER POINTERS 



Mrs. A. B. Kidder, W. M. C. National Prayer Chairman 



'Pray Without Ceasing" 



POINTED PRAYER REQUESTS 

FOREIGN MISSIONS— 

Thanksgiving — That Mrs. Dorothy Goodman has re- 
covered sufficiently to return to her home and work at 
Njoro, in Africa. Pray for complete healing and free 
use of the knee joint. 

That the Altigs have so miraculously received sailing 
permission and transportation. As you read this they 
will probably be in Belem, Brazil. 

That permission has been granted for the candidate 
nurses who are interested in leper work in Africa to be 
guests for a week at the great leper sanatarium at Carr- 
' ville, Louisiana. 

That all our fields are experiencing great spiritual re- 
freshings from the Lord, and many souls are being 
saved. PRAISE THE LORD! 

1. Pray that our Foreign Mission offering will be 
greatly increased to care for the tremendously increased 
expenditure made necessary by the increase in costs, 
the opening of two new fields, and the sending out of a 
dozen or more new missionaries in the year ahead. 
' 2. That our missionary candidates will have special 
wisdom as they plan, purchase, and box their outfits, 
and that there might be churches or individuals who 
would want to help in the securing of these necessary 
but expensive outfits. 

3. That there may be a satisfactory solution of the 
"citizenship" problem in Argentina, in that the Argen- 
tine government is considering a constitutional amend- 
ment which would require every "foreigner" to become 
an Argentine citizen or leave the country after a resi- 
dence of two years. 

4. That there may be sustaining grace for every 
missionary, and the miracle of healing for the few mis- 
sionaries and candidates who have physical difficulties. 

HOME MISSIONS— 

1. Pray that the Lord will provide a supei-vising 
missionary for our Spanish-American work. 

2. For the progress and development of the work at 
Cheyenne, Wyo., especially for the addition of new 
families. 

3. For the financing of the work at Albany, Oregon, 
that the building may be completed. 

4. That the Lord will send us $5,000 for the imme- 
diate construction of a building for the work of the 
Navajo mission in New Mexico. 

5. For the Cuyahoga Falls church and the pastor. 
Rev. Russell Ward, as plans are made for the construc- 
tion of a new building in the spring. 

GOSPEL TRUTH RADIO— 

1. Pray for the retirement of the radio deficit, that 
all of our churches may assume their share of the re- 
sponsibility. 

2. For the radio staff as they prepare to make a new 
series of Gospel Truth records. 



GRACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY— 

>. Give thanks for the marked presence of the Holy 
Spirit in the Seminary Annual Day of Prayer, and pray 
for students and faculty that the spirit of grace and 
supplication may continue to increase. 

2. Give thanks for what God has done in answer to 
prayer on behalf of one of our students, Milton Dowden, 
who has been seriously ill in the hospital; continue to 
pray that God will completely heal and also use his 
faithful testimony in the hospital. 

3. Give thanks for the deepened interest in Foreign 
Missions among the students, and pray especially for 
those who are preparing to enter such service upon 
graduation. 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD CO.— 

1. Pray that problems connected with the installa- 
tion of the new Linotype machine may be solved and 
that a buyer may be found for the one now in use. 

2. Pray for the members of the Herald staff as they 
serve the Lord in this portion of His vineyard. 

WOMEN'S MISSIONARY COUNCIL— 

1. Pray for your local Council, that it may grow in 
numbers, and have a new consecration foi its great 
work. 

2. For all the officers — national, district, and local. 

3. That God will give success in meeting every 
objective this year. 

SISTERHOOD OF MARY AND MARTHA— 

1. Pi'ay for our S. M. M. girls who are in college. 

2. That many bandages may be rolled during the 
year. 

3. That the girls may find wholesome social events. 

BRETHREN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray for the formation of summer gospel teams of 
Brethren young people, to do D.V.B.S. and evangelistic 
work; for wisdom in selecting the teams and arranging 
the schedules. 

2. For the sponsors and advisors of B.Y.F. and C E. 
in our churches. Their interest, ability, and zeal is often 
the key to the church youth program. 

3. For the Youth Director as he goes to the North- 
west, that he may be a blessing to the churches and 
students there. 

BRETHREN LAYMEN'S FELLOWSHIP— 

1. Pray earnestly for an immediate establishment of 
a $5,000 fund in the hands of the National Board of 
Evangelism for a starting fund to back our first evange- 
listic party. 

2. That we may know where God wants this first 
evangelistic party to hold a campaign. 

3. That the following equipment needed to conduct 
tent meetings will be rapidly supplied: a tent to seat 
1,000, seating for same, a P. A. system, a truck to haul 
the equipment, a station wagon to haul the party, ad- 
vertising, etc. 

4. For a greater burden for lost men in your heart. 



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OFFICIARY 



PRESIDENT— Mrs. W. A. Ogden. 500 State St.. Johnstown. Pa. 

VICE PRESIDENT— Mrs. Grant McDonald. Rt. 1. Box 29K. Ramona. Calif. 

RECORDING SECRETARY— Mrs. J. Harold Putt. 1822 Windsor Ave. S. W.. 
Roanoke. Va. 

FINANCIAL SECRETARY -TREASURER— Mrs. Charles H. Ashman. 1051 W 
81st PI.. Los Angeles. Calif. 

LITERATURE SECRETARY— Mrs. Miles Taber. Winona Lake. Ind. 

EDITOR— Mrs. Edward D. Bowman. 512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 



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To ihe Praise of HIS GLORYlgf 



W. M. C. PROGRAM FOR APRIL 

OPENING HYMN— "King of My Life." 

PRAYER — By secretary of local council. 

HYMN— "Jesus I My Cross Have Taken." 

BIBLE STUDY— "The Practice of Laying on of Hands." 

PRAYER CIRCLE— Pray especially for the work both 

nationally and locally of the S. M. M. Also use 

Prayer Requests and any local needs. 
MISSION STUDY— "Brethren Missions in Argentina." 
POEM— "What Is Our Reading?" 
LEADER'S TALK. 
SPECIAL NUMBER. 

CLOSING HYMN— "Just When I Need Him Most." 
BUSINESS SESSION. 



LEADER'S TALK FOR APRIL 

Since April is the anniversary month of the Sisterhood 
of Mary and Martha wouldn't it be nice to in some way 
recognize and honor our own local Sisterhoods? Per- 
haps a gift such as a good book suitable to the ages of the 
girls. Perhaps a tea, or an evening of entertainment by 
way of a party. To this could be invited all the girls of 
the church and by this the girls who are not now in 
S. M. M. may be interested. Today's Sisterhood is, to- 
morrow's W. M. C. if the Lord tarries: let's do our best 
to help them grow, show an interest in their work. 
thereby showing them we remember we were girls at 
one time and really love them, and above aU, pray for 
them. Honor Sisterhood in some way this month. 



W. M. C. MAJOR OFFERING 

February, March, April 

GRACE SEMINARY LIBRARY 

$1,800.00 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

"Let your requests be made known unto God" (Phil. 
4:6). 

Thanksgiving for the splendid offering received for 

the W. M. C. general fund. 
Pray for: 

1. The Altig family as they arrive and get settled 
in Brazil. 

2. The foreign mission offering to be received at 
Easter. 

3. The tract ministry and personal evangelism 
being carried on by some councOs. 

4. The spring W. M. C. rallies— that God will bless 
and guide in them. 

5. Wisdom to be givan those who are planning and 
preparing next year's W. M. C. programs. 



WHAT IS OUR READING? 

She read the Journal and the News. 

The Green Book and the Red; 
She kept the serials of the month 

Securely in her head. 
She read the sporting page: she knew 

Each athlete by his name: 
She read of baseball, football, golf. 

Familiar with each game. 
She looked the funny pages through. 

She watched the mails to seize 
The magazine she liked the best. 

Whose columns did most please. 
But — in her house there was a Book 

With pages never turned, 
Whose messages of hope and truth 

Were still by her unlearned. 
And still she reads, and laughs and cries. 

O'er stories of the hour. 
And lets The Book dust covered lie 

Unopened in its power. 



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Brethren Missions in Argentina 



By MRS. CLARENCE SICKEL 



One day in the latter part of 1909 Dr. Charles F. 
Yoder stepped from the train in Rio Cuarto, Argentina, 
to begin the first foreign missionary work for the Breth- 
ren Church. He had come to a field considered by many 
to be one of the most difficult on earth, a lan4 of cruci- 
fixes and altars, of shiines and churches, of hearts 
a-wearying in their long search for peace and God, yet 
whose need has moved the hearts of comparatively few 
people until recent years. Dr. and Mrs. Yoder were 
soon joined by Miss Bertha Bell, and in 1911 by Miss 
Maude Cripe. 

The difficulties of those early years were many — 
language, customs, open opposition from the priests, 
insults, and even attacks. The head priest gave them 
this welcome in the church paper: "We have infidels 
and Jews and anarchists and murderers and masons and 
adulterers and now by the mustaches of Saint Peter and 
Saint Paul, these cursed sons of Luther have come to 
complete the list of abominations." He advised the 
people to do their duty and in some way rid the town of 
their presence. The missionaries rejoiced to be in the 
company of the Apostle Paul, who had had similar ex- 
periences with fanatical and corrupt rulers of the Jews. 

Through tract distribution, personal work, and open- 
air meetings, many heard for the first time of full and 
free salvation through the merits of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. God honored the weeks and months of per- 
severing prayer and faithful testimony. Before the end 
of the second year they were able to baptize the first 
converts. 

The gift of the Bible Coach in 1919 provided an excel- 
lent means of evangelization. As it went from town to 
town over our district, it served as the opening wedge 
for a more permanent testimony. During the next 25 
years other workers came, the work was gradually ex- 
tended, with Rio Cuarto as a center, to include nine 
mission stations and six other preaching points, 11 of 
which still continue to give forth a faithful testimony. 

1916 — General Cabrera, 36 miles northwest of Rio 
Cuarto. There was the hope of a nucleus for a church 
among the Swiss Protestants here that would reach out 
to their unsaved Roman Catholic friends and neighbors. 
This has not proven to be the case. Most of them, like 
many in this land, are relying upon their Protestantism, 
too self-satisfied to bother about their neighbors. But 
the Lord has called out a little group from among the 
Roman Catholic element. Luis Siccardi, one of our 
faithful national workers, came from this congregation. 
From here work was later opened at General Deheza 
and Las Perdices. 

1918 — La Carlota. Mr. and Mrs. W. Bock began work 
here but did not find response to the Gospel. The work 
was closed and they, discouraged, returned to the 
United States. 

1920 — Huinca Renanco, at that time a flourishing town 
159 miles south of Rio Cuarto, without a resident priest 
and with an open door for the Gospel. From this church 
has come Nelida Nunez, one of our fine national workers. 

1920 — Buenos Aires. Mission started by Jose Anton. 



first Sunday-school boy in Rio Cuarto. Difficulties at- 
tended this work through having to change location 
twice, and the work was closed. 

1921 — Laboulaye, 95 miles southeast of Rio Cuarto. 
The Bible Coach cooperated in starting this work. 

1923 — Alejandro. At present meetings are being held 
in the home of faithful Christians. 

1924 — Buchardo, 40 miles northeast of Huinca Renanco. 

1925 — Tancacha, 80 miles north of Rio Cuarto, one of 
our most promising churches, missionary-minded and 
faithful. A tract left in the hand of Maria Humbert by 
a Bible Coach worker led to her conversion and that of 
her husband. The first gospel meetings were held in 
her home and their testimony by word and life has been 
greatly used of the Lord. He who had been a drunken 
vegetable dealer became a new man, testifying to his 
clients of the power of the Gospel. They donated a lot 
and gave 500 pesos from their savings for the chapel. 
Others donated funds, material, and labor, and today 
there is an attractive little chapel, a real power for the 
Lord in the community. 

1927 — Hernando, through efforts of the Tancacha 
church. Don Julio Humbert early felt the burden for 
the town and even before others were doing anything, 
would leave his vegetables and go to Hernando on the 
train, with a bundle of tracts in hand. He returned with 
a prayer list of interested ones and it was one of these 
who offered the use of the first hall. But that was after 
Don Julio had gone Home. He never lived to see the 
answer to his prayers in many conversions in that town, 
but his prayer list was found, and Dona Maria had the 
joy of continuing to cross off the names as one by one 
they came to know the Lord. 

1927 — Realico. This is the only mission point outside 
of the province of Cordoba, 15 miles southeast of Huinca 
Renanco, located in La Pampa. 

1929— Rosario. Brother Yett, first pastor. The Board 
later closed the work, feeling that we needed to concen- 
trate our forces, all too few in numbers, in our own 
district. 

1929 — Almafuerte. Work was begun with a daily 
vacation Bible school, followed by preaching in a school 
house. 

Years of difficulty followed, with loss of workers and 
lack of fruit in the work. Thus closed the first 25 years 
of effort in the Argentine. Of the 17 missionaries sent 
out by the Foreign Missionary Society, only four re- 
mained. Some had returned home before the comple- 
tion of their first term, either because of discouragement 
or a realization that they were not in the place of the 
Lord's will for them. Others did not return after their 
first furlough, detained in the homeland for various 
reasons. 1935 found us with but four foreign mission- 
aries, soon to be reduced to two, with the retirement of 
Dr. Yoder from active sei-vice under the Board. The 
staff of national workers had been lessened also. The 
year that followed was one of labor under difficulty and 

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The Practice of the Laying on of Hands 

(A Study Guide for Dr. Herman A. Hoyt's New Book, "All Things Whatsoever I Have Commanded You") 

(Prepared by Angle Garber) 



The practice of the laying on of hands runs through 
both the Old and New Testaments and arises out of the 
fact that the hands are the most appropriate instruments 
of contact and cominunication. 

This ceremony was used in the Old Testament: 

1. In conferring of blessing (Gen. 48:18). 

2. In confessing sins — hands were laid on the heads 
of the sacrificial animal (Ex. 29:10, 15, 19; Lev. 1:4: 
Num. 8:12). 

3. In ordaining men (Num. 8:10; 11:11, 17, 25). 

4. In inflicting wrath (Lev. 24:14; II Ki. 11:16). 
The New Testament gives the same variety of uses: 

1. In blessing the children (Matt. 19:13, 15; Mark 
10:16). 

2. In healing the sick (Mark 5:23; 6:5; Luke 4:40). 

3. In the conversion of sinners (Acts 8:17. 18; 9:17: 
19:6). 

4. In ordaining deacons and elders (Acts 6:6; 13:3; 
I Tim. 4:14). 

5. In reference to the Old Testament rite of con- 
fessing sin (Heb. 6:2). 

6. In reference to infliction of wrath — the same 
Greek word is used (Matt. 18:28; John 8:20). 

We are interested in the sense in which the laying on 
of hands is employed as a form within the church and 
in this sense it is used for blessing. One Greek word, 
"epitithemi," which means to place, or put, or lay upon, 
is used. By this expression the two ideas of contact 
and communication portrayed by the physical act are 
conveyed to the reader. 

I. The Usage of the Expression in the Bible. 

1. The first appearance of the expression (Gen. 
48:18). 

2. The etymology and meaning of the expression. 
The first meaning is physical contact. 

The second meaning is communication. 

3. The usage of the term throughout the Bible. 
The idea of contact is always present. The hands 

were put upon the animal or person. 

The idea of communication follows. The blessing has 
been communicated, healing power transmitted, sins 
transferred. 

II. The Various Times for the Laying on of Hands. 

1. At the confession of sins (Heb. 6:2). There is 
only one place it is so used and points back to the Old 
Testament system. 

2. At the conversion of sinners (Acts 19:6). 

3. At the ordination of officers for some special serv- 
ice (Acts 6:6; I Tim. 4:14). 

4. At the healing of the body (Luke 13:13; Mark 
5:23; 6:5). 

5. At the presentation of children to the Lord (Matt. 
19:13; Mark 10: 16).' ....... 



III. The Meaning of the Laying on of Hands. 

1. The Old Testament practice. 

a. In conferring of blessing communication of bless- 
ing was made by hands (Gen. 48:14, 20). 

b. In confession of sins communication of sins was 
made to the animal by the contact of the hands to the 
head (Lev. 16:21). 

c. In the oi'dination to special office communication 
of gifts for service was made by laying on of hands 
(Num. 11:25). 

2. The New Testament practice. There is no varia- 
tion as to symbolism, the same procedure is used in at 
least four different spheres: 

a. In conferring of blessing it was communicated by 
physical contact (Mark 10:16). 

b. In conversion of sinners the Spirit was communi- 
cated by the laying on of hands (Acts 19:6). 

c. In the ordination to service hands were laid upon 
the person to communicate gifts for service (I Tim. 
4:14). 

d. In healing of the sick the healing power was com- 
municated by the laying on of hands (Acts 28:8). 

IV. The Symbolic Nature of the Laying on of Hands. 

This is only symbolical and no efficacy lies in the 
hands themselves. 

1. The hands are the physical means of contact and 
communication (Mark 10:13). 

2. They are therefore suitable signs of spiritual con- 
tact and communication picturing in the physical what 
actually takes place^ in the spiritual realm (Num. 27: j 
18, 23). I 

3. The hands are only mere accompaniments of the 
spiritual contact and communication. 

a. The hands are not the cause of the spiritual con- 
tact and communication. j 

b. The hands are not the channel of spiritual contact \ 
and communication.. 

c. The hands are only accompaniments of spiritual 
contact and communication. 

4. The hands symbolize the coming and communica- 
tion of the Spirit of God in some special way of blessing 
(Acts 19:6; 9:17; Rom. 12:1; Jas. 5:13-18). 

V. The Proper Administration of the Rite of Laying on 

of Hands. 

1. The occasions 

a. At the time of conversion (Acts 8:17, 18; 19:6) to 
symbolize the coming of the Spirit. 

b. At the time of confession of sin and reconsecra- 
tion (Acts 9:17; 22:16), portraying the new filling of the 
Spirit. 

ji'i-.fc. At the time of presentation of self as a living sac- 



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rifice, marking the full possession of the Spirit (Matt. 
19:13, 15; Mark 10:16; Rom. 12:1). 

d. At the time of ordination to service (Acts 13:3; I 
Tim. 4:14; 5:22; Acts 6:6). 

e. At the time of anointing the sick with oil — the 
ministry of the Spirit in healing (Acts 28:8; Jas 5: 
13-18)." 

f. At any other time it is deemed wise. 

2. The administrator. 

a. Those in authority — the elder or pastor (Acts 6:6; 
II Tim. 1:6; I Tim. 4:14). 

b. Lay elders or deacons (I Tim. 4:14). 

c. Laymen in the absence of others (Acts 9:17). 

3. The method. 

a. Careful instruction should be given to all who 
participate or observe, that the significance may be 
understood. 

b. Special preparation should be made so all will 
know what to do. 

c. Easy accessibility to the eye of the audience in 
order that all may be enriched. 



WOMEN'S DAY OF PRAYER AND CONFERENCE 
IN AFRICA 

By Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 

The hour for the meeting of the Bozoum women was 
announced for Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock, but when 
we arrived at the little mud chapel for the Bible class at 
6 o'clock in the morning, the place was full and running 
over. Yes, this was one day set aside for just women. 
Not having the regular class, we began at once with a 
song service and followed that with a season of prayer. 
Then we asked the women possessing New Testaments 
or Gospels of John to hold them up for the count; my 
heart was thrilled to find so many of them possessing 
some part of the Scriptures. The fourth chapter of John 
was read in unison, after which Pauline, one of the 
faithful Bible women, gave a short message on the 
"Samaritan Woman," putting special emphasis on the 
39th verse, which states that many believed upon the 
Lord because of the "saying of the woman." At the 
close of the service, the women marched to the main 
chapel singing, "O Happy Day, When Jesus Washed My 
Sins Away." They are a happy group, and for the few 
years that they have known the Lord their testimony is 
really powerful. As they filed into the main chapel, this 
verse came to my mind: "This is the Lord's doing, and 
it is marvellous in our eyes." 

When the roll by villages was called, we noted that 
in some instances there would be only one woman stand. 
In these cases the woman's light received from Christ is 
the only testimony for the women of that village. These 
women probably got the greatest blessings of our special 
day of prayer and Bible reading. Besides the call of 
villages, there was the roll call by tribes, and this yielded 
eight. Eight different tribes all members now one in 
Christ. 

Alice, our deaconess, brought a message on the "Ser- 
mon on the Mount," and told the women of the joy that 
now reigns in her heart since she has heard about 

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I%£A1£M d£1% 

Our Missionaries' 
Birthdays 



AFRICA (18 days via air ynail) — 

Mrs. Robert WiUiams April 15 

*David George Goodman (age 2) April 21 

ARGENTINA (8 days via air mail)— 

Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

UNITED STATES— 

*Miss Marguerite Taber (age 18) April 1] 

248 N. Tenth St., Allentown, Pa. 
*Children of missionaries. 



NOTES 

To "Stir Up Your Pure Minds by Way of Remembrance" 

Every Council should purchase Dr. Hoyt's second 
book on Brethren practices, "All Things Whatsoever I 
Have Commanded You," immediately. It will be used 
in the Bible studies for the remainder of the year. 
Order them from the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company. The prices are 40c and $1.00. 

Are your little Herald banks getting fat these days? 
They ought to be filling up rapidly. There are only 
three more months for this offering. If you appreciate 
your W. M. C. Herald, drop some change in your bank 
right now as a thank offering. 

Has your Council undertaken a program of personal 
evangelism or tract ministry? It is one of our goals for 
this year. We of the Women's Missionary Council want 
to have a definite part in the program of evangelism 
being sponsored by the Brethren Church this year. 

Dr. McClain's article on books might well be included 
in your April W. M. C. program. Our offering for this 
quarter is for the Seminary library. The importance of 
the library needs to be einphasized in every Council. 

The offering for the General Fund is the largest ever! 
Praise the Lord. Mrs. Ashman has informed us that 
$1,883.32 has been sent in for this fund. We sincerely 
hope that the other major offerings will be as much 
and more than this one. 



BRETHREN MISSIONS IN ARGENTINA : 

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strain. Just how to hold the fort with so few woi-kers 
without closing any doors of testimony? The mission- 
aries were enabled to say, "The eternal God is my 
refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms." His 
peace was theirs, as was His enabling. No doors were 
closed. "-Because thou hast been my help, therefore in 
the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice." 



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"Bring... the Books... Especially the Parchments'' 



By DR. ALVA J. McCLAIN 
President of Grace Theological Seminary 



Dr. B. R. Lacy, Jr., president of Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond, Va., says that some 25 years 
ago he heard Dr. Walter W. Moore preach a sermon on 
the text in II Timothy 4: 13, ". . . Bring with thee, and the 
books, but especially the parchments." Dr. Lacy adds 
that while he never had the privilege of seeing either 
the manuscript or notes of the sermon, after the passing 
of a quarter of a century he still remembered the three 
main points in the sermon, as follows: 

1. Paul was lonely. This was his final imprisonment, 
and his friends had deserted him. He longed for his 
"dearly beloved son" and urged, "Do thy diligence to 
coine shortly unto me." 

2 Paul was cold. Winter was approaching, the 
Mamertine dungeon was damp, and Paul's blood at 70 
was not as rich and warm as in other years. "Come 
before winter," he urged, and "the cloke that I left at 
Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee." 

3. Paul was hungry. This hunger was not physical 
but intellectual and spiritual. His request was not for 
bread and wine, but for "the books, but especially the 
parchments." The "parchments," according to Dr. 
Moore, were the sacred Scriptures, written on the most 
durable and expensive material. The "books" consti- 
tuted Paul's private library, and supplemented the holy 
writings. 

Other scholars of note agree with Dr. Moore's identi- 
fication of these "books" and "parchments" for which 
the apostle desired. The "books" would be papyrus 
rolls in use for ordinary purposes, while the more costly 
"parchments" contained, in all likelihood, portions of 
the Hebrew Scriptures (Exp. Grk. N. T.). Spence 
thinks the "books" were probably a few choice works 
"exegetical and explanatory" of the Jewish Scriptures 
(Ellicott's Com.). As to the "parchments," Dr. Robert- 
son remarks that they were most likely "copies of Old 
Testament books," or "possibly even copies of Christ's 
sayings." It cannot be far wrong, therefore, to see in 
Paul's touching words a desire to have with him in the 
prison both the written Word of God and also a few 
choice commentaries on the Word, but especially the 
former. Whatever the case may be. we know certain 
things about the Apostle Paul: 

First, Paul was a learned man. After all that his 
modern enemies have done to minimize his learning, it 
is still the verdict of careful scholarship that "he was 
master of all the education and the opportunities of his 
time. He turned to his profit and to the advancement of 
his great purpose all the resources of civilization" 
(Ramsey, in Pauline and Other Studies). 

Second, Paul was a lover oj hooks. Whatever view 
one may take regarding the meaning of the expressions 
in the text of this article, it is certain that Paul to the 
end of his days on earth prized highly his books. The 
very request he made of Timothy, and the circumstances 
under which it was made, indicate unmistakably that all 
his life he had been a lover of books. And it needs 



scarcely to be said that this is the mark of an educated 
man. The minister who loves and reads books wiU 
succeed even though he may not have the advantages 
of formal education. 

Third, Paul used what he learned in books. There is 
not the space here to attempt any lengthy proof of this 
assertion. But it is generally agreed that in his writings 
and speeches, Paul clearly reveals that he is famUiar 
not only with the Scriptures but also, with the literature 
of the world in which he lived. In I Corinthians 15:33 
there is a practical maxim from Menander. In Acts 
17:28 Paul actually quotes words which are found in 
the writings of two Greeks, the poet Aratus and the 
Stoic philosopher Cleanthes. And in Titus 1:12 he 
quotes against the Cretians a satire from Epimenides. 
These references are not therefore less inspired than 
other parts of Scripture, because in every case the Holy 
Spirit guided the writers of Scripture in their selection 
of material and even their choice of words. But as a 
rule the Spirit worked within the personal vocabularies 
in these choices, so that it is easy to distinguish between 
the literary styles of the different writers. 

Fourth, Paul's hearers recognized his learning. There 
is testimony on this point both from within and outside 
the church. Peter refers to some of the things written 
by Paul as "hard to be understood" which they that are 
"unlearned" wrest to their own destruction. During 
one of Paul's great messages delivered before the King 
Agrippa, the Roman Festus interrupted with a loud 
voice, "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning 
doth make thee mad" (Acts 26:24). As Robertson 
points out, "much learning" here is literally "many let- 
ters." We still speak of an educated man even today 
as a "man of letters," or a "man of books," a figure of 
speech in which we describe a man's learning by nam- 
ing the source of it. 

Fifth, Paul kept on reading to the end of his life. 
Many a man of great learning tapers oflf in his eagerness 
to read and learn as the years pass. It was not so with 
Paul. One might easily suppose that after a lifetime 
of arduous toil and suffering for the Gospel's sake, now 
shut up in a Roman prison awaiting death, the apostle 
might think of other things. On the contrary, we see 
this greatest missionary and preacher of all time setting 
up a theological library in his prison cell. 

From its very beginning, Grace Seminary has made 
"the parchments" — the written Word of God — central in 
our ministry; and around this Word the Seminary has 
gathered "the books" which would best enable the stu- 
dents to understand the great truths of the Bible and 
preach them to our generation. We deeply appreciate 
the ministry of the Women's Missionary Council in their 
worthy project of adding substantially to "the books" of 
the Seminary library. We can think of nothing more 
helpful and worth while. In coming days the students 
here will read these books and thus come to be under 
God more sufficient as preachers of THE BOOK. 



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The SiitenAocd 




a^ Ma^ and MafMta 



"BRETHREN HARVEST FIELDS" 



'The harvest truly is great, but the labourers ore few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would 

send forth labourers into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). 



APRIL— HAPPY BIRTHDAY, S. M. M. 
Devotional Meeting 

LET'S SING— "Mary and Martha S. M. M. Song," "If 

You Want Joy," "All There Is of Me," and "Out and 

Out for Jesus." 
SCRIPTURE LESSON— Romans 6. 
PRAYER AND PRAISE TIME— Use "Spice." 
DEVOTIONAL STUDY— "The King's Daughter Is 

Yielded," or Chapter 6 in "Epistle of Jude." 
THEME CHORUS— "I Hear Thy Call." 
MISSIONARY LETTERS— From Johanna Nielsen and 

Lois Schrock. 
PRAYER CIRCLE— Using requests. 
S. M. M. BENEDICTION. 
BUSINESS MEETING. 



SPICE 

April is our birthday month! We're 36 years old this 
year! This would be a good month in which to make 
the folk of your church Sisterhood-conscious. Perhaps 
you could obtain permission from your pastor to have a 
portion of one of the regular church services to present 
the work of S. M. M. Since this is Foreign Mission time, 
stress our South American camp project. The camp- 
play idea, suggested in the January W. M. C. issue, 
would be most appropriate at this time. 

As to your regular monthly meeting, a birthday party 
is certainly in order. A birthday party would not be 
complete without gifts, therefore, for gifts bring a spe- 
cial offering for the camp project. (Others in the 
church can have a share in your birthday gift by drop- 
ping their offerings in a gift-wrapped box, which has 
a slot in it.) By all means have a birthday cake, and as 
the candles are blown out, make a "prayer-wish" for 
S. M. M. 

During your testimony or praise time, have the girls 
give Scripture verses or blessings that we have through 
Christ that begin with letters spelling out HAPPY 
BIRTHDAY. For example, H— Hope or Heb. 2:3; 
A — Answers to prayer or Col. 2: 6, etc. 

This would also be an appropriate time to give the 
history of S. M. M. All the information that you need 
can be found in the S. M. M. Handbook. 



S. M. M. FELLOWSHIP CORNER 

The Jr. S. M. M. girls of Canton, Ohio, have been very 
busy the past few months. For Christmas they made 
mottoes and scrapbooks and bought crayons and color- 
ing books for the kiddies in Kentucky. They also had 
an all-day meeting at the home of their patroness at 
which they rolled bandages for Africa and made book 

markers for Kentucky. 

* * * 

The Int. S. M. M. of Johnstown have collected a total 
of 3,280 pennies so far this year. One member, Dolores 
Uphouse, has collected 1,100 pennies. These pennies are 
for the S. M. M. projects. We are interested to know if 
any other Sisterhood has topped this record for the first 
half of the year by using the penny-partner method. 

* * * 

The Sisterhood at Clayhole, Ky., is busy with their 
penny pals. At their first count they had over eleven 
dollars. On New Year's Eve the S. M. M. had a Watch 
Night service to which the Brotherhood of the church 

was invited. 

* * * 

The S. M. M. at Summit Mills, Pa., had a wonderful 
time Christmas Eve going caroling to the shut-ins and 
ending with a Christmas party at the home of one of the 
girls. They are working hard on their goals and have 

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OFFICIARY 

President — June Bowser, R. D. ?,. Box 135. Brookville. Ohio. 
Vice President — Helen Ogden. 500 State St., Johnstown. Pa. 
General Secretary — Ruth Ringler. R. D. 4, Box 210. Johnstown, Pa. 
Treasurer — Psulins Helsel, 802 Third Ave., Duncansville. Pa. 
Literature Secretary — Donna Moine, 809 Wick Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 
Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz. 1511 Maiden Lane. S. W.. Roanoke, 

Va. 
Assistant Patroness — Mrs. Ethel Simmons. 225 Seventh Ave.. Juniata. 

Altoona, Pa. 
Bandage Secretary — Helen Taber, Winona Lake. Ind 



ATTENTION DISTRICT OFFICERS: Have you 
started w^orking on the plans for national conference 
which your S. M. M. president wrote to you about? 



PRAYER REQUESTS 

Pray for the Schrocks and Miss Nielsen and the 
work in Argentina. 

Pray that S. M. M. girls will be yielded to the 
Master and made fit for His service. 

Pray for the many activities of local Sisterhoods 
everywhere. 

Remember the requests of your local group. 



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The King's Daughter Is Yielded 



THE BOOK OF JONAH 



By MRS. ARTHUR CAREY 



Last month we talked about yielding ourselves to 
God's will and thus finding satisfaction and content- 
ment. This month I want to tell you a story. It is the 
story of a person who wanted his own way, but didn't 
find any happiness in it. 

God called a man to preach the Gospel. His naine 
was Jonah. God said to Jonah. "Arise, go to Nineveh, 
that great city, and cry against it: for their wickedness 
is come up before me." 

(Read Jonah 1:9.) Now Jonah was of. the right bii'th 
(he was a Hebrew); he was a man of God, for he ad- 
mitted that he feared the Lord, and we know he wasn't 
tied down to other duties from which he could not be 
released, because the account tells us that he ran away. 

The Bible tells us that when he heard the call, he 
arose to flee from the presence of the Lord, in order that 
he might have a good time in the world. I want you to 
notice that he went down to the sea. the way of the 
world, and boarded a ship. Also notice that he had to 
pay the fare (Jonah 1:3). God hadn't asked him to do 
anything very difficult, the job wouldn't have taken very 
long, and the I'eward would have been great. But 
Jonah set his jaw and said, "I don't want to go." Well, 
he did anyway, even though he had also paid the fare to 
travel the way of the world. 

The story of Jonah is the picture of a self-centered 
Christian who, although he knows the will of the Lord 
is the happy way, still thinks his own is a little better. 

The next thing we see is that Jonah immediately went 
to sleep. Girls, when you decide against God's will, you 
are usually willing to let your mind, conscience, and 
heart go to sleep to all that pertains to God. You 
become indifferent to Bible reading and prayer, become 
irregular at church services, begin to dabble in the 
things of the world, and before you know it you are a 
very unhappy Christian. 

Now God didn't give up on Jonah. We don't just run 
away from Him and get away with it. There was 
trouble, not only for Jonah, but for every one around 
him. A great tempest arose. All the sailors and pas- 
sengers were frantically screaming and crying to hea- 
then gods. What an unparalleled opportunity to lead 
these people to a saving knowledge of God, and show 
forth His power! Where was Jonah? Asleep! Asleep 
to the peril of those on ship, asleep to his own welfare, 
asleep to God's will! He was useless, and a burden on 
others. Have you or I gone to sleep in the world's boat? 
Unsaved people all around us are crying to the helpless 
gods the world offers, and we lie asleep with the secret 
of the Great Helper locked in bur hearts. We are a 
burden to our church, the despair of our pastor, and a 
stumbling block to the unsaved. Well, the story goes 
that Jonah got blamed for the trouble, and rightly so. 
The Christian out of God's will can kick up a lot of 
trouble. 

Finally Jonah awoke and came to the realization that 
he was the cause of the trouble and belatedly told them 
so. He told them that the storm would not cease until 



the cause was removed. He was the cause. He begged 
them to throw him out. Although he had brought this 
trouble on them, they were kind enough to try to save 
him. Sometimes the world is kinder than we. They all 
rowed hard to get to shore, and though Jonah had paid 
the fare, he had to help try to save the ship. When we 
try to save ourselves, we work and work and pay and 
pay. It is also useless because Jesus paid it all. Never- 
theless, when we deliberately go back to the world, we 
pay in many ways. Jonah was trying to make up for 
his mistakes, but we can never make things right until 
we do it God's way. Finally he was thrown out of the 
boat, the prepared fish swallowed him and deposited 
him safely on shore. Jonah decided maybe he had 
better do what God had first planned for him. He hadn't 
even asked for God's help until he was in the bottom 
of the sea. 

Then Jonah went to the city of Nineveh saying, "Yet 
forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown." He 
urged the people to repent in order to be saved from 
the judgment. They repented and the city was not de- 
stroyed. "What!" thought Jonah, "now everyone will 
laugh at me for saying the city would be destroyed, and 
here the people have repented." So he went out in the 
country and made himself a little shack and sat down 
and pouted. Poor fellow, he surely felt sorry for him- 
self. Sometimes God humors us when we act childish. 
So in Jonah's case God prepared a gourd to grow over 
the shack for shade. When God thought Jonah had 
pouted long enough. He made a worm to destroy the 
vine. That was the last straw for Jonah. He told God 
it would be better if he would die rather than live. In 
spite of God's lesson on Jonah's narrow-minded self- 
love, he still clung desperately to his attitude. 

Why have I gone to such length to tell you this story? 
Simply because we, as daughters of the King. may. like 
Jonah, find ourselves unyielded and unhappy in the 
Lord's service. Jonah passed off the scene of history 
devoid of any joy in his salvation, when a yielded spii'it 
would have made the difference. A word to the wise 
is sufficient. 



WANT TO HAVE A JUNIOR PEN PAL? 

If you would like to write to another Junior Sisterhood 
girl, and have her as your "Pen Pal." send your name, 
address, church, and age to Mrs. Ethel Simmons. 225 
7th Avenue, Juniata, Altoona, Pa. 



A VERY SPECIAL PARTY has been planned for the 
month when we have an article from our Brethren Har- 
vest Field in Taos. N. Mex. Mrs. Sickel is able to pur- 
chase the kind of tea they use in Argentina for their 
entertainments — it is called yerhe mate in Argentina, 
but can be purchased under the name of cangoin in the 
States. If you are unable to purchase it in your city 
and would like to use it, you can get it by sending to 
our national president, June Bowser. 



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MISSIONARY LETTERS 



Rio Cuarto, Argentina, 

January 25, 1949. 
Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

The other day the Schrocks, Mrs. Hoyt and the chil- 
dren, and I drove up to the young people's camp, and 
since your project has to do with this, I think you may 
be interested in what I saw there. 

It is about a 35-mile trip from Rio Cuarto over a road 
that is plenty rough and was badly cut by recent heavy 
rains and probably by some that were not so recent. It 
is much traveled, for going to the sierras has become 
quite the custom. 

The camp site is beautiful. Big walnut trees provide 
ample shade even for the large tents that we use. An 
arroyo running through the grounds, from which water 
is carried, many trees, flowers, and fei'ns, a large cleared 
space that is fine for baseball and other games, and the 
river within easy walking distance for the daily swim or 
bath, make it a very good camping place. 

Camp equipment consists of four fairly large tents, 
used also for evangelistic work as well as conference 
and camp. In two of these the girls' cots were placed 
side by side along the sides of the tent, with no space 
between cots, so the girls had to get in from the aisle at 
head or foot. Another row of cots, placed end to end 
between the tent poles, ran down the middle, with an 
aisle on either side. 

One of our men at Tancacha loaned his big truck and 
trailer to take up equipment and the folks who could 
not get into the bus, and these, with an old tent canvas 
stretched over and extending on either side, was the 
boys' dormitory. All right if it did not rain! 

When we arrived all the young people were in the 
dining tent, attending the classes which are conducted 
for about three hours each morning and which all at- 
tend. The fourth tent was used for a kitchen, and deli- 
cious smells proceeded therefrom. Dofia Elena Peralta 
is the efficient and beloved camp cook. This year Mrs. 
Wagner was her right-hand vian, spending practically 
the whole time preparing vegetables. 

The Hoyts were in charge this year, but because of 
little Lynn's illness, Mrs. Hoyt stayed with the children 
in Rio Cuarto with us. The Wagners, Maconaghys. Sic- 
cardis, and Brother Dowdy were in camp to help super- 
vise in various ways. 

Soon the classes were over and the call to dinner 
came. It met with a response much like it would have 
in one of your camps in the United States. The food 
was good and abundant. We set a very low price for 
camp, so that practically no one is kept away because 
of the expense. Offerings take care of the deficit, and 
there are no distinctions. At the beginning of camp, 
numbers are given to all, and when these numbers are 
called the owners have certain duties assigned, as set- 
ting and serving tables and dish washing. The older 
boys carried water. There were 93 in camp, about 30 
more than we should have, with present equipment, but 
they were a jolly, contented group. 

Each evening a devotional service was held, and at the 
final fagot service there were many rededications of life 
for definite service. 



As an immediate result of camp it looks as though 
there are enough students wanting to enter a full-time 
Bible institute this year so that we are asking the Lord 
to help us somehow — we do not know how — to start full- 
time classes this year, as well as continuing the evening 
classes which have already proved such a blessing. Will 
you pray with us to this end? 

We had asked for, and the Lord gave, fine weather 
for the whole time; you can imagine what that meant 
with our very limited equipment. The day after the 
last of the campers left Rio Cuarto we had a heavy rain 
and have had more since. Thus He who gave Himself 
for us, also showers His blessings upon us. I think 
everyone came from camp feeling that it had been good 
both spiritually and physically to have been there. 

May I take this opportunity to thank all of you who 
have been sending me cards and letters at birthday and 
Christmas time. May the Lord bless each girl and each 
society as you seek to do His blessed will. 
Yours in His service, 

Johanna Nielsen. 



Rio Cuarto, Argentina, 

January 25, 1949. 
Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

I mentioned to Miss Nielsen the other day that I guess 
the best thing I could write about regarding our phase 
of the work is "How to Rear Twins." Healthy babies 
mean a lot to any parent, but especially so to a mis- 
sionary mother. We thank the Lord for how wonder- 
fully He has blessed us with not only one, but two 
healthy little tykes. 

The missionary who lives in Rio Cuarto always faces 
the day with the question — Are we going to have an un- 
expected visitor today? Almost invariably they come 
when one is busy with canning, or making jelly, or 
when there is extra work that has to be done. She also 
realizes very soon that it is a hotel. This calls for extra 
sheets. We have fast learned how to "sling out the 
hash" or to "add water to the soup," depending on the 
occasion. 

The annual conference will soon be here. Arrange- 
ments have already been made to make use of every 
nook and corner. The gallery of the house is very 
large, so that this year we will be making use of it to 
place more women for sleeping quarters. Now it is Miss 
Nielsen's and my job to figure out what to do with all 
the plants and the bird house. We realize that to the 
believers this is the highlight of the year. Here they 
meet old acquaintances, see new faces shining with the 
light of the Gospel, and feast upon the Word of God. 
Many times we missionaries become weary of this extra 
work which really tasks one. But the Lord is bless'ng 
in a wonderful way and thus we see that He does work 
out all the details so that the believers can take advan- 
tage of these extra blessings from Him. 

Girls, surely it has more than paid for us to give our 
lives for the Lord's service here in South America. May 
He have His divine will in your lives that you too may 
see the great opportunity that is yours. 

Lovingly yours in Christ Jesus our Lord, 

Lois Schrock. 



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^-iev. and \^- Blaine Snyder 
^finona Lake, Ind. 



S. M. M. FELLOWSHIP CORNER 

(Continued jrom Page 157) 

already met the goal that seems hardest to them, that of 

gaining a new member. 

* * * 

The Jr. S. M, M. at Seal Beach, Calif., is really ac- 
complishing things for the Lord this year in Sisterhood. 
They meet every Wednesday evening after school to 
work on their projects. They have rolled a box of 
bandages already. They have prepared Christmas cards 
with John 3:16 on them in French, Aztec, and Navajo 
languages for missionaries to use. Also they have tied 
a quilt for Mrs. Beaver's new baby. They had a day in 
the snow at Big Pine during their Christmas vacation. 
In November they entertained their mothers with a 
supper and a candlelight service. 

* * * 

A new Junior Sisterhood was organized last October 
at Juniata, Altoona, Pa., and they are having an attend- 
ance of 19 girls. Each girl has a little wooden bank 
which can be opened each month. They enjoy filling 
their banks with the pennies from their Penny Partners. 
They are making their Bible reading more valuable by 
giving each girl a big red paper heart on which is pasted 
an envelope with Psalm 119:11 printed on it. As they 
read their chapters they are to write any verse they 
know or learn on a slip of paper and put it in the en- 
velope. At the end of the year they will see how mvich 
of God's Word they have hidden in their hearts. 

The Sr. S. M. M. at Fort Wayne, Ind., is praising the 
Lord for the many girls that have become interested in 
the work of Sisterhood. They have set aside the last 
Friday of each month as project night. Some of their 
projects are: sewing diapers to be sent to Kentucky, 
making Christmas cards for the Navajo children, cutting 
out memory pamphlets for child evangelism classes, and 
helping in making decorations for the youth rally ban- 
quet. Most of the girls have penny pals and are helping 
with the Argentine Camp Fund. These girls hold their 
Sisterhood meetings on a Sunday following the morning 

worship service. 

■)t * * 

Greetings from the Sr. S. M. M. of Martinsburg, Pa. 
They, too, have penny pals and are doing quite well. In 
January they had a candlelight service with Mrs. Robert 
Miller as speaker. They are having a contest in their 
Sisterhood and have ah-eady gained two members. They 
plan to give a play near Easter. 

* * * 

The girls of the Clayton, Ohio, Sr. S. M. M. have been 
busy these days. They have made dresses for the Dun- 
ning children, made and sent candy to all the home mis- 
sionaries, and sent toys to the missionaries' children in 
Africa. Before long they are planning to make kimonos 

for the Indian babies. 

* * * 

Greetings from the Sr. S. M. M. of Sterling. Ohio. 



After their meeting each month this Sisterhood rolls 
bandages. At Christmas time they sent toys, blankets, 
and mended clothing for the Indians to one of the for- 
mer members of their church who is working among the 
Indians in Arizona. At their January meeting they 
had a candlelight service. They are planning to give a 

cantata at Easter. 

* * * 

Most every Sisterhood that writes of their activities 
requests prayer for their local group. Remember the 
work of local S. M. M. groups as you go to the Lord in 
prayer each day. 



WOMEN'S DAY OF PRAYER AND CONFERENCE 
IN AFRICA 

(Continued jrom Page 155) 

Christ. Alice is the most outstanding of the Chi-istian 
women in the Bozoum congregation, and real mother in 
Israel. The next hour was then spent in testimonies and 
prayer. Your hearts would have been warmed to hear 
the praises from the hearts of these black sisters, some- 
times two or three would be standing waiting for the 
opportunity to say a word for the Lord. Some were 
joyous, others touched notes of sadness — their life is not 
one of roses. One dear soul had just recently buried 
her only daughter, about 12 years old, but although tears 
flowed freely, she praised the Lord for the blessed hope 
of seeing her again in the presence of Jesus. The child 
had only recently come to know the Lord. Very expres- 
sively some of the women spoke of their empty arms, for 
so many have no children. Many a barren woman in 
Africa has prayed the prayer of Hannah, but the Lord 
has not yet given them the desire of their hearts. Re- 
meinber these women when you pray for Africa's 
iTiothers. One of the greatest temptations of our women 
is the fact that they are childless. Many times the 
temptation results in adultery, and still other times in 
a return to some witchcraft to get rid of the curse that 
keeps them fi'om having children. Another gave a very 
real challenge for prayer as she told of a village she has 
repeatedly visited without visible results. 

Esther, the wife of the pastor, also brought a message. 
She spoke of the special healing which she experienced 
from the Lord in the government hospital several years 
ago. Both her mother and the nurse attending her 
thought she was dying, and began to cry. Then she 
remembered the Lord's promise to heal in anointing. 
After the service she got steadily better, and was soon 
able to leave the hospital to the Lord's giory. It was a 
real message to many others there who are even now 
suffering physical pain. 

As the closing message I brought to them the flannel- 
graph message on "Mary Jones and her ardent desire to 
buy a Bible." This message seemed to get ahold of 
those there who were not readers, and some who are 
readers and have not yet made the grade for a New 
Testament. As a result of that experience, several new 
women have entered the class and are learning to read. 
After prayer and a final reading of the Word, our spe- 
cial day came to a close, and these women returned to 
their homes, many with a new desire to live more to the 
glory of God than ever before. God grant it, and may 
such days be multiplied with our Christian women. 



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March 5, 1949 



FOREIGN MISSION NUMBER 



VOL. n, NO. 11— MARCH 12, 1949 




"FOR, BEHOLD, THE DARKNESS 
SHALL COVER THE EARTH, AND 
GROSS DARKNESS THE PEOPLE: 
BUT THE LORD SHALL ARISE 
UPON THEE, AND HIS GLORY 
SHALL BE SEEN UPON THEE" 
(ISAIAH 60:2). 




SPEAKING 



"■^-^■$\ 




By LOUIS S. BAUMAN 
Editor, Foreign Mission Number 



EASTER OFFERING^SPECIAL NOTICE 

All money sent for foreign missions, and reaching our 
office in Long Beach on and after March 1st, 1949, will 
be credited as "Easter Offering," and will appear in our 
regular "Easter Offering Report." This "Report" will 
close on June 1st. 

The Treasurer's address is: Louis S. Bauman, 3712 
Carpenter St. S. E., Washington 20, D. C. However, the 
ojferings should he mailed directly to the Long Beach 
office (as in years gone hy), as follows: Louis S. Bau- 
man, 1925 East Fijth Street, Long Beach 12, California. 
There, Mr. Dallas Martin, Financial Secretary, will give 
the receipts immediate attention and report all matters 
needing the personal attention of the Treasurer, to the 
Treasurer at his Washington address. 

GENERAL SECRETARY LEAVING FOR FAR WEST 

As this issue of the Herald reaches our readers. Rev. 
Russell Barnard, our General Secretary, together with 
his wife and daughter, expect to be on their way to the 
far west, where they will be on duty for the next three 
months. While in the west, mail will reach them at the 
Long Beach (Calif.) office— 1925 East Fifth Street. 

BAJA CALIFORNIA 

Perhaps no more desolate land, physically or spirit- 
ually, yet inhabited by a multitude of people, does this 
earth possess than the land that is known to us as the 
peninsula of "Lower California," and to the Mexican 
people, "Baja California." Its poverty, both spiritually 
and physically, is appalling. Practically forgotten and 
unknown to human beings, one could almost believe 
that it is "the land that God forgot." Yet, it lies right 
at our feet. It may well be regarded as the "Samaria" 
of the churches in southern California. 

But God did not forget. He raised up Jack Green to 
bring this land and its people for whom Christ also died, 
to the attention of the Brethren Church. And if Jack 
Green never does more for that land, he has dune that — 
he has spied out the land and brought it to the attention 
of a church in search of a new field for occupancy. 

True, the people of Baja California are poor — desper- 
ately poor. And this is probably the reason why the 
Roman Catholic Church has avoided that part of Mex- 
ico. Coin must jingle where the priests of Rome gather. 
But its very poverty should appeal to a church of gen- 
uinely horn-again Christians. When our Lord made 
His first appearance in His earthly ministry — in a syn- 
agogue in Nazareth "where he had been brought up" — 
His first recorded utterance was, "The Spirit of the 



Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to 
preach the gospel to the poor" (Luke 4:16-18). And, 
"Hereunto were ye called," O church of the living God, 
"that ye should follow his steps" (I Pet. 2:21). 

Now the Foreign Board looks with favor upon this 
field, believing that God would have us go up and 
occupy the land. It lies so near to our doors that we 
will not have to spend a small fortune every time that 
we bring home a missionary for a well-deserved rest. 
Our brother. Jack Green, so well known to our brethren 
in southern California, already proven to be a "work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed," a real missionary 
in every sense of the word, was to have gone down into 
that darkness, "a burning and a shining light," on Jan- 
uary 1st, 1949. But, as it is written, "the ways of God 
are past finding out" — even now as in the days when 
He permitted the sainted and seemingly needed Stephen 
to be stoned to death. Jack Green became ill with a 
serious kidney trouble and was unable to go. Sidney 
Edmiston, a Long Beach lad known to us from his 
childhood was to have been his companion. But Jack's 
illness has upset all our plans. The entire Brotherhood 
is entreated to pray, and to "pray without ceasing" for 
the healing of Jack Green. 

Because of Jack's illness, the Board has postponed 
further consideration of the opening up of the field, to 
be taken up by the Board at its annual meeting this 
coming August. But, by Jack Green or by some other 
that God shall raise up and approve, Baja California 
also must come to know Him, whom to know is life 
eternal. 

WE'RE AGREED, BROTHER GRUBB! 

The Foreign Missionary Editor is in absolute agree- 
ment with the Home Missionary Editor's editorial in the 
issue of the Herald two weeks ago, regarding the New 
England States being "A Challenge to the Brethren 
Church." In those regions, more than anywhere else in 
these United States, "the Protestant churches have lost 
their message through modernism and formalism." Once, 
the Christian faith manifested its mighty power, and 
won triumphant victories over the world, the flesh, and 
the devil in those States. Then came the bloodless so- 
called "gospel" of modernism. Result? "One thousand 
church buildings . . . standing deserted and decaying 
. . . 1,400,000 children in primary and secondary schools 
. . . more than 1,100,000 without any religious instruc- 
tion ... in one State 21 per cent of all the towns have 
no church services . . . the Roman Catholic Church in 
the ascendancy." 



THE BRETHREN MISSIONARY HERALD: Entered as second-class matter April 16. 1943, at the post office at Winona Lake, Ind., under 
the act of March 3. 1879. Issued weekly by The Brethren Missionary Herald Co., Winona Lake. Ind. Subscription price, $2.00 a year; 100 
per cent churches, $1.50; foreign $3.00. Boabd of Dibectors: Herman Hoyt. President; Bernard Schneider. Vice President; Walter A. Lepp, 
Secretary; Ord Gehman. Treasurer; R. D. Crees. R. E. Gingrich, Arnold Kriegbaum. S. W. Link, Robert Miller. Conard Sandy, William H. 
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What appalling facts! Forgive us for repeating them! 
But they need to be deeply impressed on the minds of 
all American Christians of real faith. Are we to light 
the lamps of Christian faith in "darkest Africa" and 
permit them to go out in America? If Satan must make 
a trade, he won't mind making that one! Perhaps some 
young men of stalwart Christian faith and determination 
will be found in the Brethren Church who will dare to 
meet the challenge these facts present. It would call for 
as heroic a spirit as any field in Africa, China, or India, 
presents. After all, the order of the march from the 
Great Commander put "Samaria" before "the uttermost 
part of the earth." 

Your F. M. S. editor and his wife made their first 
invasion of the New England States in Bible conference 
woi-k last summer. Contrary to some prophets, we were 
royally received and found hungering souls hanging on 
every word of a pure Gospel message. Pressing invita- 
tions were given to us to return. We were then greatly 
impressed with the idea that if there is any more needy 
place or fertile soil in America for the Brethren Church 
than the land of the Pilgrim Fathers, we have not yet 
seen it. And if the Home Missions Council will enter 
that field to restore to it "the faith of our fathers," it 
will have all the moral support the Foreign Missionary 
Society is able to give it. Foreign missions are built 
upon the foundation of home missions. And "the field 
is the world." 

And the Foreign Missionary Editor is not believing 
that this editorial is injuring our Easter offering one 
whit! God give us all the world-wide vision of the 
Christ! 

AS THIS EDITOR SEES IT 

How often have we heard some Christian say, "I'm 
for foreign missions," only to hear another respond, 
"I'm for home missions!" Well now as a boy I spent 
many a day rowing a boat on the Kansas (Kaw) River. 
I learned then that to put all my pull or even an undue 
part of it, on one oar only sent me whirling about in a 
circle that took me exactly nowhere! And the relation 
of the two oars to the boat is a fine illustration of the 
relation of foreign missions and home missions to each 
other, and to the church. If the church is to "go places" 
with God, she must pull equally on both those oars, 
and pull hard on them both! 

WANTED! 

Someone good with a pencil and "figgers" to sit down 
and figure out to what extent the Brethren Church is 
robbing God. We are in earnest about this. We will 
be glad to give credit to the one who can do it, and 
publish his findings. Did we just now hear some "saint" 
exclaim in horror, "Will a man roh God?" God Himself 
answers that cry, "Yet ye have robbed me!" Do you 
reply, "Wherein have we robbed thee?" Our God re- 
plies, "In tithes and offerings." (See Malachi 3:8.) 
Enough said! 

LOYALTY TO GOD TREASON TO THE STATE! 

An intensely interesting paragraph from the latest 
Whaley-Eaton Service Letter, and quoted here by per- 
mission, tears the mask from Communism and declares 
it to be what it is — godlessness that will stoop to any 
demoniacal deeds of hate to destroy religion, and leave 
the human race without hope. This important and in- 
fluential "Service" says: 



"In one sense. Cardinal Mindszenty must be guilty, 
for a fundamental thesis of Lenin was, and of Com- 
munism is, that loyalty to God is treason to the state, 
as sloganized in the dictum that 'religion is the opiate 
of the people.' The spectacle at Budapest emphasizes 
anew this godlessness. There seems nothing that the 
western states can do diplomatically to stop this sort of 
aggression. The challenge is unmistakable, neverthe- 
less, and appeasement would be at least as dangerous 
in this area as in any other. A result, therefore, should 
be to stiffen anti-Communism everywhere." 

Stalin is proving himself to be exactly the inhuman 
monster we predicted in 1942 he would be in our book 
on "Russian Events in the Light of Bible Prophecy." 
We then wrote, "The absolute truth is that the differ- 
ence between Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler is about 
the difference between tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum, 
with the difference just now slightly in favor of the 
'dum.' " We were in error in the use of that word 
"slightly"! Will God ever forgive America for once 
having entered into an alliance with that beast out of 
the north? 

THE JEWS "ON THE SPOT" . 

A Dutchman who signed himself "H187," seems to 
have put the supreme court of the new Jewish nation, 
Israel, "on the spot." The president of that court is Dr. 
Moshe Smoira. He said the appeal was inclosed in a 
covering letter signed by H. A. Robbe Groskamp, of 
Santpoort, Holland. The Dutchman has asked the su- 
preme court of Israel to review the trial of Jesus Christ. 
The petition came in the form of a 15-page memoran- 
dum dated December 15, 1948, and assumes that the 
supreme court of Israel established last September is the 
direct and legal successor to the Jewish high court un- 
der the Romans which sentenced Jesus to die on the 
cross for blasphemy. Dr. Moshe said that any impres- 
sion that the court would treat the petition lightly would 
be wrong. The judges on the court bench naturally are 
very reluctant to discuss the petition, and while it is 
extremely doubtful that they will actually review the 
trial, there are indications that a reply will be sent to 
the petitioner. 

The Jewish judges feel they would be misunderstood 
if they ignored the petition. On the other hand, if they 
review the trial it would not enhance the cause of the 
new Jewish state today to declare that Christ was guilty 
of blasphemy, and by the law of Israel extant in that 
day, was justly condemned to die on the cross. 

When Pilate said, "I find no fault in him," the Jews 
replied, "We have a law, and by our law he ought to 
die, because he made himself the Son of God" (John 
19:6, 7). And, indeed, the Jews did have a law — a law 
from God Himself, "And he that blasphemeth the name 
of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the 
congregation shall certainly stone him" (Lev. 24:16). 
And for a man to claim himself to be God, that was 
blasphemy. The whole question hinged on the ques- 
tion whether or not Jesus was actually God. 

On the other hand, to declare that Christ was not 
guilty of blasphemy in declaring Himself to be God, 
vi^ould put the supreme court of Israel on record as 
believing in the deity of Christ. From the Christian 
point of view this would be a salutary declaration. But 
what then would have to be the attitude of the Jewish 

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Scenes in Our New Field in Brazil 



i 




TYP/CAL 

NDIANS 

0:P ike 

AMAZON 
BASIN 



OPEN MARKET 
Qf BEL EM on 
ihe banks of 

The AMAZON 




A 

HUT 

on 

ihe 

ISLAND 

of 
MARAJO 



INVESTING FOR ETERNITY 



Carey, the cobbler who became a pioneer missionary 
to India, in his Serampore covenant with two of his 
companions, forever renounced all earthly possessions 
for Christ's sake, and that enabled them to earn and 
give to the mission cause in India no less than $500,000. 



When Carey was paid by the government what ^vas 
then a princely salary of $8,000 a year, instead of living 
in princely style, he continued to live on his previous 
modest allowance of less than $300 a year, that he might 
invest the remainder in the spread of the Gospel in India. 



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ARGENTINA-BRAZIL CHALLENGES 



By REV. CLARENCE L. SICKEL 
On Furlough from Rio Cuarto, Argentina 



This is truly a historical year for the Foreign Mission- 
ary Society of the Brethi-en Church, with the official 
opening of two new fields, Brazil and Baja California. 
The heart of every member of the Brethren Church 
should be stirred as he sees the evidence of the hand 
of God's divine blessing upon us as a denomination. 
There should be an increased note of rejoicing with the 
realization that we are being entrusted with other 
fields, one of them a portion of what is considered to be 
the greatest unevangelized field on earth, and both of 
them included in the territory which Dr. Kingsley 
Davis, outstanding demographer, states is growing faster 
than any other major region of the world. 

Could it be that we have been, up to the present, a 
two-talented church in relation to foreign missions — 
Argentina and Africa? But now, praise God, through 
His divine help and grace we are able to multiply them 
to four — Argentina, Africa, Brazil, and Baja California. 
At this Easter season, the needs of these FOUR FIELDS 
will be presented to the members of the Bethren Church 
as they lay their tithes and offerings before the Lord. 
Others will write upon the great field of Africa and the 
new field in Baja California, but it is our pi'ivilege to 
present the challenge of the two great mission fields to 
the south of us, located on what has been called "The 
Neglected Continent." 

ARGENTINA 

For nearly 40 years the Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society has maintained a testimony to the Gospel of the 
Lord Jesus Christ in that great land. Much could be 
written of the experiences of those years, but suffice to 
say that even in the face of persecution, opposition, and 
the very powers of darkness, the work continues and 
today we find it going foi-ward with the blessing of the 
Lord upon it. Souls are being saved, the churches built 
up, and the work extended. Last year we had the larg- 
est attendance at our general conference in the history 
of the work with a time of unusual blessing. God was 
very near. A spirit of consecration and unity prevailed 
throughout. The workers have but recently returned 
from the young people's camp, having had the ioy of 
seeing not only the largest attendance — over 90 — but a 
large group making definite decisions — first-time confes- 
sions and consecration for full-time service. Much 
could be written concerning the various activities on the 
field, but at this time I want to present to you the chal- 
lenge that comes to us from just two phases of our woi'k. 

The Bihle Institute 

If it were possible for me to voice the conviction of 
every missionary and worker on the Argentine field, I 
am positive that it would be this: "Our greatest need at 
this present hour is a full-time, full-program Bible in- 
stitute. Missionary w^ork in the Argentine is facing a 



crisis. If a proposed amendment to the Constitution is 
passed, all foreigners — and that includes foreign mis- 
sionaries — must either become citizens of the land or 
leave the country in the space of two years. [Note: 
Word has just been received that this amendment failed 
to pass. — Ed.] The work is the Lord's, therefore it will 
not cease to be when the foreign missionary leaves, but 
there is a need for a well-prepared national ministry to 
carry on the work. The school has finished its second 
year as an evening school. And though carried on un- 
der difficulties and in a humble way, the work is already 
benefiting from it. But much greater would the divi- 
dends be if the students could have a full program of 
definite Bible study and practical work in soul-winning 
and evangelism. This year's young people's camp proves 
that there are young people ready and willing to give 
their all in the service of their Lord and Master. Not 
only leaders, but lay workers, are needed in our work. 
Who can value the service of that one who has had 
training in a Bible institute and returned to his home 
congregation to continue in the ministry of the Word? 
The work in Argentina needs prepared lay workers and 
there are those who seek this preparation. 

Shall we meet the challenge at this Easter season? 
God has given the Argentine field an excellent group of 
workers, those who do not count their fives dear unto 
themselves, but are willing to spend and be spent for 
their Lord. Under their ministry, God has raised up a 
group of believers who are anxious to be instructed in 
the Word and prepared for His service. What is lack- 
ing? Buildings, equipment, small dairy farm with vari- 
ous other small industi'ies — means by which the stu- 
dents can earn their way while attending school. These 
are absolutely necessary. Money placed in these mate- 
rial things will yield spiritual dividends, that only eter- 
nity will reveal. 

The Bible Coach 

The second challenge that comes to us from Argen- 
tina is the Bible Coach work. This speaks to us of 
evangelism, the medium through which the unadulter- 
ated Gospel is proclaimed for the first time to thousands 
of Argentines. The Bible institute stands for prepaia- 
tion, the Bible Coach for proclamation. From the very 
beginning of this work in 1921, the Bible Coach has 
been a source of blessing to the work. During the first 
years it was given to the distribution of the Word of 
God, and wherever it was possible, meetings were held 
in homes or halls. In the year 1936, a public address 
system was added, along with colored slides on the life 
of Christ and other themes of the Bible. Since that time 
a tent has been purchased, and now for a number of 
years the two travel together — a very efficient way of 
proclaiming the Gospel message, not only in new towns, 
but in reaching new people in the places where we have 
an established work. 

Christian friends, the challenge of the Bible Coach is 



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not funds. It isn't money we need — it is men to carry 
on the Bible Coach work. There are funds in the 
treasury of the Foreign Missionary Society for the pur- 
chase of a new Bible Coach, which we need (the old 
one has been operating since 1921). But what good 
does a new Bible Coach do without men, called of God 
and capable of can-ying on this great work? We are 
waiting for men dedicated to this work, before making 
the purchase. The old one serves for the time being, as 
it is impossible, with our little group of workers, for it 
to be in the field more than at certain periods of the 
year. The great need is for a full-time Bible Coach 
evangelistic crew. There are scores of towns in our 
district without a permanent testimony to the saving 
power of Christ. With a well-prepared and consecrated 
group of workers with the Bible Coach and tent, these 
towns could be reached and a permanent testimony 
established. Christian prayer-warriors, "Pray ye there- 
fore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth 
labourers into his harvest." "The harvest is great, but 
the labourers are few." 

BRAZIL 

Since its discovery, Brazil has been the center of 
attraction to the explorer, the traveler, the adventurer, 
and now in more recent years, to those who dedicate 
themselves to carrying the Gospel of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. The explorer still finds new fields that have 
been untouched by the white man; the traveler is still 
thrilled as he roams its valleys, plains, and mountains; 
the adventurer is still drawn to its inland islands, un- 
told waterways, and rapids, and to the Indian tribes 
deep in the jungles; and as the missionary enters, he 
still finds vast areas entirely imtouched for Christ. To 
date, most of the missionary work has been carried on 
in the southern part and along the coast, with the result 
that there the Gospel message has reached thousands of 
souls, but there still remains MUCH TERRITORY to be 
possessed. Before the Brethren Church at this Easter 
season God is placing a tremendous challenge. 

Amapa 

Some of the established evangelical missions are now 
making preparations to commemorate a century of ac- 
tivity in Brazil. With so many years of Gospel testi- 
mony and with the vast territory covered by the differ- 
ent missionary societies with their large numbers of 
churches, schools, seminaries, and thousands of church 
members, it is indeed thought-provoking that there 
should still remain a virgin spot for us. Can it be that 
we have been slow in hearing the call, slow in entering. 
or may it be that God has reserved this field for the 
Brethren Church "for just such a time as this"? As I 
passed through Brazil and talked with various evangel- 
ical leaders, all pointed to the north, to the great Ama- 
zon Basin, saying, "There lies the future Brazil." Yes, 
it is the "west" opening up, and God has directed the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethi-en Church to 
establish a permanent mission center at the very en- 
trance to that vast unevangelized territory, in Amapa. 

All down through these years Amapa has remained 
undeveloped, but the present government has now taken 
interest in this northern section of Brazil and is de- 
veloping it. The location is strategic, especially the 
capital of this territory. Macapa, which is to be our 
headquarters, located as it is on the Equator, right at 



the mouth of the Amazon. Amapa is a challenge in 
itself, being large enough to occupy several mission- 
aries, reaching out into its many towns, villages, and 
farm sections. May it please the Lord to establish, 
through our missionaries, a strong, fundamental, evan- J 
gelical work in this territory of Amapa, which shall 1 
serve as a foundation for the future development of the 
land. The time to start is now, at the very beginning 
of this period of development, and God presents the 
challenge to us. 

Amazon 

One cannot think or speak of Amapa without facing 
the greater challenge of the Amazon, the greatest river 
of the world, with its 50,000 miles of waterways. So 
great is its outflow that the influence of the current is 
felt 150 miles out at sea. As one stands on the banks 
of that great river and realizes from whence those 
waters have come — its hundreds of tributaries, them- 
selves great rivers, and untold thousands of streams — 
he is lost in wonder. Yes, he stands in awe as he views 
the finger of God in creation. 

But there is another side to this majestic scene which 
should move the soul of every true child of God — the 
millions of souls hidden away in that vast territory who 
know nothing of Christ, the One who is able to save 
them to the uttermost. I challenge you, child of God, 
to stand in the dooi-way of Amapa and look to the west 
over that vast unevangelized territory. You cannot do 
so without being moved to compassion and to action, if 
you have a true understanding of its needs. There is 
just a handful of established mission points in the whole 
of the Amazon Basin. The challenge it presents can 
never be adequately answered by the Brethren Church. 
It is a challenge for the whole church of God. 

In this great river there are untold numbers of islands, 
many of which border on the territory of Amapa. The 
largest of these is the great island of Marajo, inhabited 
by the sons of the forest, who wait to be touched for 
Christ. Sailing up the river and entering the tributaries 
to the north, one enters a field where there are other 
Indian tribes. Fields untouched, yea, these many years! 
How the angels of heaven must marvel at the redeemed 
sinner's indifference! 

Christian friends, doors have been opened. God is 
thrusting forth labourers into this field. Shall we also 
go forth to meet the challenge? We need new recruits, 
more prayer-warriors, and true sacrificial giving, as we 
pioneer for the King of kings. What a challenge! How 
much are we willing to do that His work may go on and 
His Word go out to the ends of the earth? Christ gave 
His all. May He ever find us willing to give Him our 
all. The Christian life costs. It also compensates. The 
cost is connected with time; the compensation with 
eternity. Giving, and not getting, must be the watch- 
word of every Christian. 

Argentina, Brazil, challenges! Though a testimony 
has gone forth in these lands for 100 years, yet there 
remain millions who know not the Christ as a personal, 
indwelling Saviour. 

A hundred thousand souls a day 

Are passing one by one away, 
In Christless guilt and gloom — 

They're passing to their doom. 

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The Call to Brazil 



By J. KEITH ALTIG 
Now En Route to Belem, Brazil 




MRS. ALTIG 



J. KEITH ALTIG 



An article appearing in the February Youth for Christ 
magazine, entitled "I Wanted To Be a Missionary," very 
nearly became my own testimony. My childhood home 
was a missionary home, my father and mother having 
been missionaries to Equador, South America, about 50 
years ago. My brothers and I grew up playing with the 
most fascinating curios as our playthings. Things that 
other children see only when a missionary would dis- 
play them in a church service, were ours to admire and 
play with and ask questions about all the time. 

Visiting missionaries would come and stay frequently, 
and many are the stories we would hear and the pictures 
we would see, which made a deep impression upon us. 
The challenge of the regions beyond was constantly 
before us. 

All through Bible institute the missionary challenge 
was constantly presented, but there was no definite de- 
cision. Perhaps this was because, even then, I had no 
particular thought even of entering the ministry, let 
alone becoming an ambassador of the cross to those who 
have never heard of Christ. Then came the years of 
active ministry and definite preparation for the work in 
Grace Seminary. Here again, the missionary appeal 
was strong, and upon graduation from Seminary, or just 
before, my wife and I felt definitely led to request the 
preliminary question blanks. But here a peculiar thing 
happened. We had talked the matter over and prayed 
about it, but when the time came to make the final step 
something seemed to restrain us and the application 
blanks were never filled out. 

In the spring of 1947, Brother Barnard, speaking in 
the Whittier church, of which I was pastor at that time, 
said that the Foreign Missionary Society would like to 
open a new field in Latin America, possibly in Brazil, 
but that there was no one to go. That seemed to be 
God's definite word to me. Right there on the platform, 
I resolved to talk the matter over again with my wife 
and children and if they felt the same way I did, we 
would definitely oflfer ourselves for this task. 

A day or two later we journeyed to Long Beach, 
where we contacted Brother Barnard, and things have 
been on the move ever since. 

Thus, at the age of 37, with three children as my re- 
sponsibility, having been the pastor of one of the largest 
and definitely one of the finest Brethren churches in the 
land, I, by the grace of God, will escape the fate of the 
man who wrote, "I Wanted To Be a Missionary." He 
says, "What you often do not know is that, down deep 
in my heart, a constant hunger gnaws. It is the hunger 
of one eating at a lesser table, when he could enjoy a 



banquet. For I am one of those unfortunate souls who 
felt the call to regions beyond, then allowed myseK to 
be sidetracked." 

There was no special vision. There was no outstand- 
ing experience. There were just the simple words in 
God's book, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations," 
which had never been obeyed in my own life. We re- 
solved to put God to the test, and if He wanted us to go 
He would open up the way. This He has wonderfully 
done, and today we stand ready to step on board ship to 
take the message to a mighty nation of fifty million souls, 
most of whom have never heard the true Gospel of the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 



A FAREWELL LETTER FROM MISS RUTH SNYDER 

Now En Route to Her Beloved Africa 

New York, February 15, 1949. 
To the Brethren in the Homeland: 

Furlough is over. What a full year this has been! 
Now it is over. How I do praise the Lord for all He 
has done. This year's great 
blessing is another proof of His 
goodness. 

Tomorrow I shall board the 
African Glen to begin the ocean 
voyage, to return to the work to 
which He has called me. We can 
go without fear, for He has prom- 
ised to go before. Although we 
have been notified that the ship 
is carrying dynamite, we can go 
in perfect peace. 

To all who have been so good 
to me, I say, "Thank you." So 
many have been generous in helping in every way. 
This time I know many more wiU be following me with 
their prayers, for I have made so many new friends, and 
have become better acquainted with my old friends. 

Perhaps the Lord will return before I finish this term. 
How wonderful to be with Him! If He should tarry, 
may we aU labor together in prayer that His will be 
done, and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus be carried to 
the ends of the earth. 

Yours in Him, 

Ruth Snyder. 




MISS RUTH SNYDER 



I have tried to keep things in my own hands and lost 
them all. But what I have given into God's hands I still 
possess. — Martin Luther. 



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Corral de Bustos Rejoices 

By MISS JOHANNA NIELSEN, Rio Cuarto, Argentina 



About 7 a. m., January 6, a beautiful summer morn- 
ing, I took the train for Corral de Bustos. Abundant 
rains had helped make the country look beautiful, too. 
Cattle grazed in green pastures, and there were great 
fields of corn, and also of sunflowers — the commercial 
variety, used for oil. It was a holiday, "El Dm de los 
Reyes" (the Day of the Kings or Wise Men), so there 
was much travel and many people at all stations; the 
children happy because the "Kings" (or the Perons) 
had left toys in their shoes the night before. The Peron 
government had distributed free toys to "poor" children 
on January 5, but evidently others shared. 

Arriving at Corral de Bustos about noon, the Macon- 
aghys met me and a good dinner was soon being en- 
joyed. In the afternoon the business for which I had 
come was taken care of and everybody was happy. 

A second tent campaign has recently been conducted 
in this town with very gratifying results. The Lord 
worked wondrously not only in the meetings themselves 
but in the necessary arrangements. The same lot was 
secured as last year, about one-half block fi-om the 
Maconaghy home, where all services are held. The 
same evangelist, Antonio Caramutti, who was greatly 
used of the Lord last year, and whose Italian isms make 
such a strong appeal to the many Italians, was able to 
come again. Again the tent was filled and crowds stood 
on the outside, and once more many decisions were made. 
But there was a shadow hanging over all, for the 
owners of the house the Maconaghys occupied, wanted 
to sell (the father having died), and though there were 
various interested parties, none would buy because the 
house was occupied, and as the Maconaghys paid their 
rent, they could not be put out. The owners finally 
became very unfriendly, and then refused to accept the 
rent, and as the local judge is a relative, the Macon- 
aghys could do nothing about it except wait for the 
time when they would be ousted — unless our Board 
should decide to buy. 

Meantime people in the town were saying to the 
believers something like this: "Oh, these folks are going 
to have to leave one of these days, and then you will be 
left stranded, with nothing." No other house or hall 
could be found, for there seems to be a very groat 
housing shortage all over our part of the country. But 
the believers kept praying and hoping, and during this 
tent meeting the opportunity came to buy an adjoining 
lot (on which the believers expect to build their 
church), giving us an almost ideal property. When the 
permission came from the Board to buy, I was sent to 
sign the necessary papers. Then what a time of re- 
joicing there was! 

There is a very nice group of young people attending, 
and a number of them attended the young people's 
camp. The Maconaghys were planning to start special 
young people's meetings as soon as they returned from 
camp. One of these accepted Christ at the camp. Two 
expressed their desire to attend Bible institute, full 
time. 

A year or so ago, a Sr. Rizzi accepted the Lord and 



wanted very much to be baptized at last year's confer- 
ence, but could not, for he and his "wife" were not 
legally married, and she absolutely refused to have the 
civil ceremony performed, as well as opposing him in 
his new life. But he has grown greatly, and in this 
meeting the wife was converted. On January 1 they 
were married, and both are eagerly looking forward 
to baptism at this year's conference. 

A short distance from Corral de Bustos, a mile, maybe 
two, is Pueblo Italiano, an Italian colony center. Here 
there is a little Catholic church, built by these Italian 
farmers. But they have no local priest, and have no 
use for the one in Corral de Bustos because of the way 
he has treated them. They have begged the powers that 
be for a local priest, but to no avail. 

A tiny little woman has been ringing the bells and 
caring for the church for more than 25 years. For this 
she and her husband are allowed to live in a little one- 
room house, probably built for the use of the priest, but 
received no other wages. Some time ago this woman 
was converted, and as there is no priest, she, like many 
other "beatas" in this land, would read the prayers and 
responses at funerals and other occasions. She began 
reading the Gospel and telling about it as well. She 
says she believes she has been keeping the church clean 
that one day the real Gospel may be preached there. 

Not long ago she came to realize that believers are 
the real New Testament saints. One evening, on arriv- 
ing at the Maconaghys for a service, Miguel Pereyra 
(one of the young people who want to go to B. I.) was 
standing in the door. She remarked, "Now I have come 
to the house of God, and there is Saint Miguel (Michael) 
standing at the door." 

They say a final attempt is being made to get a local 
priest, and that the committee appointed is telling the 
authorities that if their request is not granted they, 
the "Comun," will buy the church and turn it over to 
the EvangeUcos. This little lady is hoping and praying 
that such a wonderful thing will happen. 

The Maconaghys, for their part, visit regularly in 
Pueblo Italiano, and there are now a number of believ- 
ers there. They have taken some of their people and 
gone to Isla "Verde to do house-to-house work, and have 
found considerable interest there. They are hoping 
that Corral de Bustos will be the center from which the 
Gospel may go out to at least seven or eight of the large 
neighboring towns. 

All the missionaries on the field realize that our status 
here is very uncertain. Therefore, we want, in the 
coming months, to do as intensive work as is possible, 
so that if we should be obliged to leave within a limited 
time, there will be folks prepared to carry on the work. 

At the camp, without any pressure, several young 
people signified their desire to attend Bible Institute 
this year if we could arrange to have a full-time insti- 
tute. We expect to draw on all our resources and make 
it possible, for we think we see in this the Lord's an- 
swer to the problem we are facing, should proposed 
changes in the constitution become real, as is not only 
possible but probable — unless the Lord intervenes. In 
any case it will mean prepared workers that we very 
much need at all times. 

We covet your constant, earnest prayers at this crit- 
ical time. 



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The Brethren Church Face to Face 
With Its Greatest Challenge 

By LOUIS S. BAUMAN 
Treasurer of the Foreign Missiona ry Society of the Brethren Church 



The Foreign Board met at its midyear meeting at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, February 14-18, with all the 
members present but one. Under ordinary circum- 
stances the writer, a member of the Board, would never 
have left his home in Washington, D. C, to travel all 
the way to Indiana with an infected leg which put him 
on one foot all during the meeting. But duty called, 
and he obeyed. He knew beforehand that this meeting 
— because of the large number of new applications for 
service on the foreign field, and because of difficult 
problems in connection with the opening of new fields, 
as well as some very difficult problems on the occupied 
fields — he knew the importance of this meeting. 

The Treasurer's Report for the seven months of the 
fiscal year showed that the Board has been spending in 
the work an amount almost exactly equal to its income. 
That raised some seriouij questions. Will the Brethren 
churches respond to our call for the additional funds 
necessary to send out at least eleven new missionaries 
already approved and ready to go? Are we justified in 
encouraging the many other splendid young men and 
women looking toward becoming ambassadors for 
Christ, to continue in their preparation for work under 
our Board? Considering all circumstances, should we 
go ahead with the opening up of two additional fields 
for service in "the regions beyond?" 

The writer candidly admits that so far as he is con- 
cerned, never has a greater strain been placed upon 
his faith. During his forty-five years of service on the 
Foreign Board, never before has he once hesitated in 
voting to approve and send out every applicant con- 
sidered by the Board as fitted for the great life service. 

Who was it that has been saying that the Foreign 
Missionary Society has more money than it needs? We 
have heard some talk about that "surplus of funds the 
Foreign Missionary Society has." Your Treasurer, fore- 
seeing this day, has more than once thanked God for 
that "surplus." It is true that God has given our Society 
a comfortable "surplus" at this time. But let us take 
a look at that "surplus," and face some facts. If it were 
only a matter of caring for our responsibilities for two 
or three years ahead, then, without fear, we could send 
forth all who apply for service under our Board. But 
this foreign missions work presents financial problems 
that no other work in the church presents. 

First. "The coming financial depression" that so many 
of the world's great financiers and political leaders are 
predicting to come in "the early fifties," as it came in 
1929 — should the churches then decrease their offerings 
to this work, what then? The work at home could be 
curtailed if necessary, and some work even temporarily 
closed, but the workers would at least be at home. But 
the Foreign Board would find it not so easy. A lot of 
missionaries in far-off heathen lands will have to be 



cared for. They would have to remain on the battle- 
fields, and "who goeth a warfare any time at his own 
charges" (I Cor. 9:7)? 

Secondly, unlike any other organization within the 
church, the Foreign Missionary Society's call to service 
is for life. Should we ever have to cancel any of these 
life-contracts for want of funds, just whose contract will 
we first cancel? Which missionary would have to re- 
ceive the bad news first? God forbid that we shall ever 
have to choose! 

Thirdly, I wonder if some of our Brethren folk who, 
we are told, ai'e going to pare down their gifts to foreign 
missions because of the "sui'plus" they understand that 
the Board has — I wonder if any such Brethren realize 
that the Foreign Board faces a possible, if not a very 
probable, emergency that no other organization in the 
church faces? Do they know that the Foreign Board 
operates under signed agreements with the foreign gov- 
ernments where we work, to remove any or all of our 
workers upon demand? And, in this uncertain hour 
when at any moment war is a possibility, do our people 
know what it would cost to bring all our missionaries 
home — from Africa, for instance? Sound business judg- 
ment must be thrown to the winds if we are to spend 
all our surplus sending out a large number of mission- 
ai-ies to these far-off heathen lands without making due 
provision for carrying out our solemn agreements and 
returning them to their homes, or to other fields, should 
sudden emergency arise. The possibility of such an 
emergency is known to the missionaries themselves, for 
more than once have we heard them say, "We must 
prepare native (or national) workers to carry on in case 
we have to go home some of these days." Only a few 
hours ago, one of our best missionaries in Africa said to 
a friend, "We may be ordered home at any time!" Just 
why this fear? AH the world is standing almost aghast 
at the struggle of faith in God to keep itself alive in 
western Europe today. Antichrist and his legions are 
sweeping in from the east. So far as Europe is con- 
cerned, the big battalions are plainly on the side of the 
beast in the Kremlin. The claws of the Communist 
brute sink more deeply into the body of France than 
any other nation in western Europe. If Communism 
gains control, what will that mean to all missionaries in 
French Equatorial Africa? Only our God knows. But 
the events now taking place in Bulgaria and in Austria 
are not cheerful. 

As for our other field, Argentina, in an article in this 
issue of the Herald, by Miss Nielsen, missionary there, 
you will read, "It looks to me like there may not be 
many more years when you can spend money for mis- 
sions here." And in still another article herein by the 
same writer, you will read, "All the missionaries on the 
field realize that our status here is very uncertain. 



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Therefore we want, in the coming months, to do as in- 
tensive work as possible, so that if we should be obliged 
to leave within a limited time, there will be folks pre- 
pared to carry on the work" — thanks to the intense 
hatred on the part of the Roman Catholic clergy toward 
Protestant missions in Latin America, and the growing 
power of that church in these last days. 

In the face of these uncertain conditions, that "sur- 
plus" gives us sort of a comfortable feeling, and we are 
not agreed that it should be dissipated — not just now! 
And a new field in a friendly nation — Brazil — to which 
we could move our Latin-American missionaries does 
not detract from that comfortable feeling! 

Fourthly, some of our missionaries are "not as young 
as they used to be." They have worn their hearts out 
in service on the field. The Foreign Board is not minded 
to see them come home, worn out, and without money 
(for who ever knew of a missionary who, out of his 
iTieager salary, could "lay by for the rainy day '?) — the 
Foreign Board does not propose to turn them over to 
the mercies of an unregenerate world. The editor of 
this magazine has no love for a farmer who would take 
even an old horse that for many a weary year has 
pulled the plow or the binder, and thus enriched his 
master — to take even that old horse out and turn him 
over to the fertilizer factory! I'll not use here the 
language necessary to express my indignation in a case 
like that! It is enough that the Almighty God, before 
whom we must all some day stand and give an account, 
speaking of the duty of the church to care for its own, 
has said, "But if any provide not for his own, and spe- 
cially for those of his own house, he hath denied the 
faith, and is worse than an infideV (I Tim. 5:8). "Worse 
than an infidel!" Weigh well those words! 

Now the surplus that your Foreign Missionary Society 
has managed to accumulate during a few prosperous 
years is just about the sum that we should hold in re- 
serve for these four reasons. Surely, Brethren, you 
must believe the Foreign Board is wise in this. Surely 
you are not going to withhold a dollar because "the 
Foreign Board has a surplus." 

And now we have come to the place in our history 
when we must "go slow" in sending forth ambassadors 
in obedience to our Lord's command to "preach the 
gospel to every creature," or we must spend our surplus 
and — then what; or you, brothers and sisters of the 
Brethren Church, must increase your offerings to keep 
up the great work of making known the salvation of 
our God to every creature. 

Eleven splendid new workers now well prepared, 
approved, and ready to go before or by January 1st, 
1950! Many others in prepaj-ation! Shall we send them? 
Your answer will come to us on Easter Sunday. Many 
of you have clamored for the opening up of "a new 
field." Well, we are opening it. The Altigs are now on 
the way! Others must follow to assist them! 

And still another new and desperately needy field is 
about to be opened — Baja California. Do you get the 
picture? But your Foreign Board has faith — faith to 
believe that Jehovah-Jireh ("the Lord will provide") is 
still on His throne. And that those that He has called — 
for them He will provide. But, for Brethren Missions, 
He will provide throiigh the members of the Brethren 
Church. 

Yes, it is by faith — real, genuine faith — that your For- 



eign Board is now about to open new fields and to thrust 
forth many new workers into the fields new and old. 
And, in blessing, we shall be blessed! 



ARGENTINA 

By Minna de Diedrich 

The Argentine Republic, our native land, is a country 
of incalculable possibilities, for God has given her nat- 
ural resources, a fertile soil, and most favorable climatic 
conditions. 

Argentine soil could produce sufficient cereals to sup- 
ply a great part of the needs of the world. It could also 
produce a similar supply of meat. It is not for nothing 
that Argentina is spoken of as "the granary of the 
world," and it could be also its "meat storehouse." 

There are also mineral resources that are not largely 
developed. On the other hand, its oil resources are 
developed, as are its resources of forest. 

Raw textile materials we also have. We might .say 
that we have right "at home" the raw material for 
diversified industry, and it would be very profitable 
and desirable that the great capitalists of our country 
invest their capital in the creation of industries and 
factories of all kinds. These have increased some in 
recent years, and little by little may become more gen- 
eral. Really there is a great need. 

But, speaking of needs, that which Argentina MOST 
needs, as does the rest of the world, is CHRIST. Though 
it may be a country which calls itself Christian, yet the 
great majority of its inhabitants do not know the salva- 
tion that is in Christ. 

Evangelical work in general is quite extensive, but 
there are a very great number of towns that are without 
one testimony of the power of Christ. Evangelistic 
labors are hard, partly because there is always the latent 
opposition of the clergy, who picture the evangelicals 
as the offspring of Satan. 

With it all. it >s the work of the Lord and in that con- 
fidence we continue to testify, feeling in our heart in- 
finite gratitude toward the Lord who has "called us out 
of (this) darkness into his marvelous light," asking that 
He guide and strengthen us always. 



ARGENTINA-BRAZIL CHALLENGES 

(Continued from Page 166) 

These are idle words unless your heart is moved with 
compassion. Christ is not asking of us the impossible. 
Someone has asked the question, "Of all who were 
present at the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand 
there by the Sea of Galilee, who was the happiest? Not 
the disciples, as they saw the loaves and fishes multiply 
in their hands, nor the multitude as they were satisfied. 
Next to Christ, it was the little lad who gave the loaves 
and fishes. The gift seemed small, but it was magnified 
in the hands of Christ." 

"Freely ye have received, so give," 

Bade He who hath given us all; 
How shall the soul in us longer live. 

Deaf to their starving call — 
For whom the blood of the Lord was shed. 
And His body broken to give them bread — 

If we eat our morsel alone? 



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MINUTES OF GENERAL INTEREST 

TAKEN FROM MINUTES OF THE MID-YEAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOREIGN 
MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH, AT WINONA LAKE, IND., FEBRUARY 14-18, 1949 



1. JOBSON APPOmTMENT 

A motion prevailed that the Board reappoint Dr. Or- 
ville Jobson as field superintendent in Africa for the 
year 1948-49. 

2. F. M. S. OFFICE RENTAL 

A motion prevailed that the Board authorize the gen- 
eral secretary to rent the three-room apartment in the 
Herald building as F. M. S. offices for a period of one 
year to begin August 1 at the rate of $50.00 per month 
with the privilege of renewal. 

3. F. M. S. PERMANENT HOVSING. 

A motion prevailed that the Board look with favor 
on the proposed plan to house the F. M. S. offices in the 
new Seminary building when quarters there become 
available upon terms which are mutually satisfactory. 

10. MAPS OF AFRICAN AND ARGENTINE FIELDS 
A motion prevailed that the Board authorize the dis- 
tribution of a map of Africa and also one of South 
America when completed to each church of the denom- 
ination with the request that wherever possible they be 
displayed. 

18. TRAINING OF SCHOOL OF LINGUISTICS 

A motion prevailed that the Board looks with favor 
upon training at the Wycliffe School of Linguistics for 
missionaries working in tribal languages or candidates 
anticipating such work and that the Board adopt as a 
general policy that any contemplated study at this school 
shall be taken by the candidates at some time during 
their educational preparation in this country or during 
their first furlough and that in any case they shall not be 
delayed for this purpose from going to the field. 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

Dr. Bauman presented his treasurer's report for the 
period July 1, 1948, through January 31, 1949. 

21. PRINTING ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT 

A motion prevailed that the Board request the Herald 
to allow us sufficient additional pages to print the 
Easter and annual treasurer's reports of the Foreign 
Missionary Society. 

22. OUTFITS FOR NEW CANDIDATES (Either Field) 

The following are the guiding principles in the matter 
of outfits for new missionaries: 

1. Look to the Lord for the supply of funds for outfits. 

2. If the gifts fall below the amount of $1,000 for a 
couple, with $100 additional for each child, or $600 for a 
single person, the Board will supply up to that amount. 

3. The candidate, except in cases of emergency, shall 
be given time to do deputation work, giving churches 
and individuals opportunity to make gifts for this pur- 
pose. 

4. If outfit gifts go above $1,750 per couple, plus $100 



additional for each child, or $1,000 for a single person, 
the amount in excess shall apply to transportation and 
customs. 

23. BEAVER FRANCE AUTHORIZATION 

A motion prevailed that the Wayne Beavers be au- 
thorized to go to France at the earliest possible moment 
for the purpose of language study, to remain for at least 
four months. 

29. ARGENTINE FIELD ALLOWANCE 

A motion prevailed that the Argentine field allowance 
be increased by the amount of $150.00 per month (to a 
total of $650.00 per month) beginning January 1, 1949, 
and extending to the next annual meeting, at which 
time the matter will be reconsidered. 

30. LABOULAYE CHAPEL APPROPRIATION 

A motion prevailed that we confirm the action of our 
Board in Minute No. 18 of the Februai-y 26, 1947, min- 
utes of the Board of Trustees of the Foreign Missionary 
Society of the Brethren Church granting an appropria- 
tion of $2,500.00 for the erection of a new chapel build- 
ing with the understanding that the local congregation 
at that place furnish not less than $2,500.00 to the same. 

34. CORRAL DE BUSTOS PROPERTY PURCHASE 

A motion prevailed that we ratify the ballot vote of 
December 20, 1948, with respect to the Corral de Bustos 
property purchase for $7,500.00. Dr. Bauman voted 
"No." 

39. AFRICAN SCRIPTURE FUND RECOMMENDA- 
TION 

A motion prevailed that the Board approve the recom- 
mendation of the African Field Council Minute No. 37, 
Item 3, namely, "That the Board create a Scripture (and 
related literature) fund for the payment of Scriptures 
ordered by the field and that the sale proceeds be for- 
warded to the Home Office quarterly." 

41. AFRICAN BUILDING COMMITTEE RECOM- 
MENDATIONS 

A motion prevailed that the Board approve the rec- 
ommendations of the field council building committee,, 
according to Minute No. 42 of the African Field Coun- 
cil Minutes of December 20-27, 1948, reading as follows: 

1. That we approve the general ground plan for the 
Central Bible School as presented by the builder. 

2. That we approve the modified plans for the out- 
buildings of the Central Bible School which will permit 
us to build a separate building for offices and library 
which will not demand any additional funds. 

3. That we approve the plans for the Central Bible 
School class rooms. 

4. That we authorize the gathering of materials for' 
a combination work shop and garage at Bekoro, build- 
ing plans to be submitted. 



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5. That we authorize a second temporary dwelhng 
of tw^o rooms at Njoro. 

6. That we authorize a combination office, work shop 
and garage at Bossembele, building plans to be submit- 
ted. 

These are authorized with the understanding that the 
building projects at Bekoro, Njoro, and Bossembele and 
at Bozoum are not to require additional appropriations. 

42. JAMES BOAL MARSHALL PRELIMINARY AP- 

PLICATION 
A motion prevailed that we inform Brother Marshall 
that we look with favor upon his proposed application 
and encourage him to fill out an application blank, look- 
ing forward to possible departure for the field about 
January 1, 1950, if approved by the Board and Society 
at our annual conference this year, pending satisfactory 
medical examination. 

43. MARGARET MOORE PRELIMINARY APPLI- 

CATION 
A motion prevailed that we inform Miss Moore that 
we look with favor upon her proposed application and 
encourage her to fill out an application blank, looking 
forv/ard to possible departure for the field about Jan- 
uary 1, 1950, if approved by the Board and Society at 
our annual conference this year, pending satisfactory 
medical examination. 

44. MEDICAL EXAMINATION POLICY 

A motion prevailed that henceforth it be the policy of 
this Board that the applicant for missionary service shall 
file a medical report with the final application, the ex- 
amination be taken under the direction of the genei-al 
secretary. 

46. POLICY REGARDING CANDIDATE APPOINT- 
MENT 
A motion prevailed that the Board inform all our 
candidates regarding our policy that their going forth 
to the field must be dependent upon the availability of 
funds. 

48. PROPOSED BUDGET CONSIDERATION 

A motion prevailed that the matter of a proposed 
budget for our society be referred to our executive 
officers, including the general secretai-y, with the re- 
quest that they report back at the annual meeting. 

49. BAJA CALIFORNIA POSTPONEMENT 

A motion prevailed in view of Jack Green's health 
that we postpone furth-^r plans to enter Baja California 
until after the annual Board meeting and that we im- 
plore the Brotherhood in the meantime to earnestly 
beseech the Lord to bring healing to Brother Green. 

51. SHELDON PERMISSION FOR LINGUISTIC 
SCHOOL 
A motion prevailed that the plan be carried through 
to allow Brother Sheldon to attend the WyclifEe School 
of Linguistics this summer. 

53. VACATIONS FOR AFRICAN MISSIONARIES 

A motion prevailed that we allow African mission- 
aries $25.00 per missionary and $10.00 per child annually 
for vacation purposes, providing they take such vaca- 
tions. 

54. APPRECIATION TO THE BAUMANS 

A motion prevailed that the Board express its heart- 



felt appreciation to Dr. and Mrs. Paul Bauman for the 
use of their comfortable home during the midyear Board 
meetings, and also that we express our sincere gratitude 
to Mrs. L. S. Bauman for the gracious way in which she 
acted as receptionist during the sessions of the Board. 

55. TIME OF MISSIONARIES SPENT IN FRANCE 

A motion prevailed that the stay of a missionary in 
France for the purpose of language study shall not be 
subtracted from his or her regular term of service on 
the field, this regulation to begin with the present date. 

57. EDWARD MILLER APPLICATIONS 

A motion prevailed that we look with favor UDOn the 
proposed applications of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Miller and 
that the regular blanks be put in their hands together 
with the medical blanks to be returned by the time of 
the annual conference. 

60. CLARA SCHWARTZ PRELIMINARY 

A motion prevailed that we look with favor upon her 
proposed missionary service and ask her to submit her 
regular application and medical blanks at our annual 
meeting. 

61. IRIS HECKMAN APPROVAL 

A motion prevailed that Miss Heckman be approved 
as a missionai-y candidate to Argentina and that her 
name be presented to the Foreign Missionary Society, 
pending a satisfactory medical examination. 

64. DATE OF ANNUAL MEETING, 1949 

A motion prevailed that the midyear meeting adjourn 
and that the annual meeting of the Board come into 
session on Tuesday, August 23, at 9 a. m. 



IMPRESSIONS OF MY FIRST CONFERENCE 

By Angela V. de Marin, Corral de Bustos 

After awaiting the long anticipated conference, the 
moment finally arrived, and with great joy I prepared 
to go to Rio Cuarto, where it would be held. 

Arriving there, 1 met other brethren and sisters, who, 
as I, had been awaiting the time when the believers 
from the various congregations would meet together to 
glorify and honor the name of our Lord and Saviour. 

From the first moment I felt as though I had known 
them all for a long time. During that day and the fol-' 
lowing ones, others arrived. Everyone had only words 
of thankfulness for what the Lord had done, for they, as 
I, had been freed from sin. 

The messages, inspired by the Lord, were a blessing. 
Our hearts were filled with joy — that joy that only His 
children experience. One aftei-noon we had a meeting 
of women and girls. Each one had the privilege of 
giving her testimony. Truly one could appreciate the 
blessings that He sheds abroad in the lives of His chil- 
dren. The message given by Miss Nielsen increased 
our faith. 

The last day there were baptisms. I was very happy 
to be able to fulfill the command of the Lord. Also my 
husband and other believers were baptized that after- 
noon. That night the pastors and believers of the vari- 
ous congregations presented Mr, Sickel with a gift and 
an album signed by all. 

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until next year. I saw the believers leaving, full of joy, 
with the purpose of serving more faithfully, and the 
desire increased to take the message of salvation to 




Those baptized at Conference, 1948, Rio Cxiarto. 

others. Then came our turn to say "goodbye" and leave 
that beautiful place. I returned home with the desire 
to dedicate my life to the service of the Lord, and am 
anxiously awaiting the next conference in order to meet 
again the many Brethren and enjoy the fellowship with 
them and the Lord. 



OUR WOMEN'S WORK IN ARGENTINA 

By Herminia Z. de Siccardi 

In telling you, the sisters of North America, through 
this magazine, of the work of our church among the 
women of Argentina, I could not help but think of the 
first meeting of women and girls in my town, about the 
year 1928, a short time after my conversion from Cathol- 
icism to the Lord. 

The message that day was on the 23rd Psalm, and we 
learned to sing the beautiful hymn, "Jehova es mi Pas- 
tor, me apacienta con am.or." We lovingly keep a snap- 
shot of the group that met on that occasion. The meet- 
ing was led by our beloved Sefiorita Johanna Nielsen, 
who w^as the initiator of our women's work in our dis- 
trict, beginning with meetings for girls and women in 
the different towns. 

Later, when there was a group of converted women in 
each town, she, with the valuable cooperation of our 
much-loved Sefiora Loree de Sickel, made a simple con- 
stitution and by-laws, adequate for our needs, as a basis 
of what we call La Sociedad Misionera de Senoras, and 
La Sociedad de Maria y Marta, de la Iglesia de Los Her- 
vianos. Thus organized we work among the women of 
our churches. 

Usually we have a monthly meeting of mostly devo- 
tional character, though some places they meet oftener. 
The offerings are disbursed according to the need, some- 
times going to the Bible Coach, sometimes to help pay 
light and rent in some branch mission, or for traveling 
expenses of some of our women who go out to distribute 
our literature and tracts, and occasionally to help some 
poor person. Sometimes we meet and send out litera- 
ture through the mails. 

For more than a year we have wanted to support en- 



tirely our national worker, Senorita Nelida Nunez. She 
is our representative personal worker. We have not yet 
reached that goal, but we are hoping, by God's grace, 
that the societies will respond satisfactorily. 

We have made missionary aprons, covered with tiny 
pockets of all colors, in which our offerings for missions 
are placed. 

The Day of Prayer on the 15th of each month is one 
of real blessing and fellowship. We think how through 
the hours others in North America and Africa are meet- 
ing for the same purpose, feeling the same communion 
and blessing. 

Something that is often difficult is getting new women 
to attend, as they become the target of unpleasant re- 
marks by their co-religionists, who too often have an 
erroneous and distorted idea of our work. Then there 
is apt to be someone ready to whisper in the "con- 
fessor's" ear, and then we are apt to hear a furious 
sermon against the Evangelicos — "heretics," as they call 
us. So it is not strange that folks hesitate to come to 
our services in the church. 

To meet this, in a measure, we have cottage prayer 
meetings, entirely evangelistic, in the home of some 
believer who invites her neighbors and friends, and 
sometimes some of our women go out to that section and 
invite the women and pass out tracts. Usually a social 
hour is enjoyed after the meeting, the hostess serving tea 
or chocolate, or the traditional mate, thus giving oppor- 
tunity for more personal conversation with the new- 
comers. Thus we are able to reach some new ones who, 
once laying aside their fears, will come to the church 
services and are won for the Lord. 

Some societies, as for instance Rio Cuarto, were able 
to send a missionary offering to Africa. 

In the official organ of our church here in Argentina, 
El Heraldo Evangelico Argentino, we have a section each 
month, with messages by our women and news of our 




Women's Missionary Council, Rio Cuartu, l'J4ii 

part of the work. There are some variations in the 
program of the different societies, but in the main, this 
is our procedure. 

We thank God with all our hearts for you dear friends 
in North America, who by your prayers and definite 
help in the Lord's work made it possible for the Gospel 
to reach us, and we thank God that we, in turn, have 
the privilege of also working for Him, knowing that 
"your labor (and ours) is not in vain in the Lord"— 
praying with the prophet, "O Lord, revive thy work in 
the midst of the years . . ." (Hab. 3:2). 



March 12, 1949 



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CAMP LIFE IN ARGENTINA 



Rio Cuarto. July 31, 1948. 
My Dear Haidee: 

Even though you may hardly believe it, I am really 
taking time out to write to you, and you will see that I 
have a real reason for doing so. 

This afternoon is so lovely, and as I was looking at 
some snaps, I was reminded of the beautiful days we 
passed at camp this year, and that you could not go. If 
I could not have gone, I should have been delighted to 
receive a letter telling all about it, and that is why I 
am writing to you. I am going to imagine that I am still 
in the Sierras. 

We left here on Saturday. Here at home we were 
rushing madly even early in the morning. It is no small 
task to prepare luggage for five passengers who want 
good beds and other comfoi'ts for day and night. 

When we reached the mission, there were many 
young people — anyway many girls, for boys were rather 
scarce. We girls left in a special bus, that should have 
been labeled "COMPLETO" (full). The boys came in 
a truck. 

On reaching camp some three hours later, there were 
few who could honestly say, "I'm not hungry," for, 
whether because of the trip or the mountain air, we 
were all ravenous, and anxiously awaited lunch. When 
it was served, we were not bothered with knives and 
forks — they had not yet arrived, but the barbecue was 
nonetheless delicious on that account! Quite the con- 
trary! 

After satisfying our appetites, we went to the dormi- 
tory tent. But was this really a girls' tent, or that of a 
bunch of rowdy boys? All was activity, but in spite of 




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our efforts it did not seem to look much better. It was 
that there were so many cots that we did not know 
where to put them. Sr. Spiropulos finally came to our 
assistance, and the cots were placed with just a wee 
space between. Sometimes it is nice to be thin! When 
all was arranged, we went to the river to bathe, and 
there left our weariness. The water was so cool and 




Liiiis' Teiil III Cavip ni Argentina, 1948 



Boys' Tent at Young People's Camp, Argentina, 1948 

refreshing! We went back bent on not working, but 
playing. 

The director this year was Sr. Maconaghy, who had 
the "honor" of giving out the numbers for a fine game — 
WASHING DISHES! and waiting on tables. Everyone 
had to take his turn! 

The daily program was as follows: Up at 7:00, then 
breakfast, with penalties for any who failed to make 
their beds. There were three classes, from 9:00 to 11:30, 
with recreation between each class. Then lunch, after 
which, like it or not, we had to spend the siesta hour in 
our tents, i. e., until 3:00. We should have much pre- 
ferred going to the arroyo, or playing a game of ball, or 
exploring, but "where the captain gives orders, the 
sailor does not," and we did not mind too much. Then 
we had mate cocido (tea) and then spent a couple of 
hours at the river; then joined in a game of baseball or 
some other game. Then came supper, and more games, 
or work if it happened to be our turn; then a service 
and more games until we were overcome with sleepi- 
ness, or rather until the pastors were, and ordered us 
off to bed. 

We also had some "specials" in our classes — exams. 
All the hours spent together were a blessing to us, but 
the presence of the Lord was more evident one morn- 
ing. The speaker was Sr. Maconaghy, who challenged 
us with the life of a missionary. Why could not we also 
do something':' That morning the Lord called us to sur- 
render all to Him and serve Him. Chola, who had been 
led far astray by Satan, returned to the Good Shephes-d, 



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From that time Christ seemed more real to us. We 
were so happy at this evidence of God's power right 
among us. 

I've given you a sketch of daily activities, but we had 
other things outside the routine that we liked very 
much. I think it was the third day that the announce- 
ment was made that we were going for an excursion, 
which pleased us all, for we like to hike. We went a 
long way, but the going was easy, for the road was fairly 
level for the mountains. We reached an arroyo, where 
we rested and waded. It was lots of fun, but presently 
we began to think longingly of camp, especially the 
kitchen. What was our joy to see the Bible Coach 
coming, and it brought our lunch. After renewing our 
strength, we were not too tired to play a game of base- 
ball. Like last year, this is our favorite sport. We 
choose sides for the whole camp time, and sometimes 
we get so enthusiastic that they have to stop us. Every 



One day we had a contest as to whose tent looked 
nicest — the girls' or the boys'. We girls gathered flowers 
and tied them to the tent ropes, besides a most artistic 




Ready for Cavip 

year we learn some new rules, which seem numerous, 
but necessary when we are so bent on winning the 
game. 

Another day we hiked up a mountain, full of spiny 
plants and cactus, and the going was harder. We gath- 
ered "peperina" and mica rocks, but I did not have the 
will power to reach camp with such trophies, for I was 
too preoccupied in not stumbling over the rocks, or 
worse yet, getting caught in the cactus, of which there 
was an abundance. We returned from this hike with 
faces as red as coals of fire, and my nose was blistered. 




Young People Who Were Baptized at the 1949 Camp 

bouquet arranged in a glass. It looked gay and nice, but 
I did not dare look UNDER the beds. After the judges 
made the tour of inspection, they told the things which 
were out of place. In our tent there were very few, but 
in the boys — ! Sr. Spiropulos began: a sweater, a shoe, 
a mirror, towel, sox, trousers, etc., etc. We won, of 
course! — it would have been a disgrace not to! 

Another specialty was the penalties. There was a 
poster in the dining tent announcing them. Silvia, Dora, 
and I were penalized for not finishing our plates. As 
one plate had to do for everything from soup to nuts, it 
really was rather important. Perhaps some of us felt 
sad at having to pay the penalty, but not Silvia, who 
sang happily, "To the Work, to the Work"!!! 

One year the tent blew down. Do you remember? 




Those Who Expect to Attend Bible Institute 




A Happy Group at the 1948 Camp 
March 12, 1949 



This year nothing that bad happened, but one night the 
boys serenaded us, and everyone made a rush for the 
side of the tent nearest them. As one of the cots was 
in a particularly good location, everyone tried to get on 
it, and it was too much for the poor cot, and down it 
went! We were up instantly, and no one knew who was 
to blame, but next morning, Nelida's (the special 
worker) shoe was found underneath, and that gave her 
away. Of course we had to answer the boys with an- 
other song, but it was almost impossible — we were so 
full of laugh! 

This year, as usual, we had a fagot service the last 
night. Again, we felt in a special way, the presence of 
the Lord. You know the fire symbolizes the work of 
the Lord, and each fagot placed on the fire should make 
it burn brighter. Each year I had placed my fagot and 

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made some decision or manifested my desire to follow 
Him more closely. The fire flamed, but not the work of 
Christ. Only this year did I understand the real reason: 
I had accepted Christ as my Saviour, but not as Lord of 
my life. I had not given my all to His service. I real- 
ized that night, as never before, the power of Satan, as 
he placed before me the difficulties there would be if I 
dedicated myself or surrendered all to the Lord. But, 
after all, Satan's power is small compared to the Lord's, 
and Christ made me see that He is able to keep me and 
overcome every difficulty to the very last. So I placed 
my fagot on the fire, giving myself entirely to Him. 
Never before had I felt the peace and joy that I felt 
then. Now my prayer is that my life may be used to 
make His work glow more brightly. My kid brother 



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Out to the 
Harvest Fields 



MISS RUTH SNYDER sailed on the S. S. African 
Glen, of the Farrel Line, on February 16th. She sailed 
from Brooklyn, N. Y., and reports that her ship, even 
though a freighter, is one of the finest on which she has 
ever sailed. It will take four to five weeks to reach the 
African port at Douala. and then several days more to 
make the 800 miles of inland trip. 




Baptismal Service at This Year's Camp 



also gave himself to Christ that night. My cup was 
running over! 

The next morning we had to get up early and get 
ready for the return trip. How different from the prep- 
arations for going to camp! It seemed like all desii'e to 
talk or play had left us. We hated to think it would be 
a whole year before another camp. So we were very 
quiet, but in our hearts we were thanking God for 
having given us these wonderful days. I'm not saying 
that I've already begun preparations for next year's 
camp, but I AM thinking about it. 

When we reached Rio Cuarto, my mother, and I think 
all the rest of the mothers who were there, found us 
sunburned, and noses peeling, but never mind — it was 
because of the lovely camp sunshine! I think everyone 
has these days in his heart. Too bad they had to be just 
eight instead of ten (because of rain) . We should have 
liked to extend them instead. If the Lord permits. I 
hope to never miss a camp until I am too old for them. 

Well, Haidee, I hope I have not tired you. If the Lord 
wills, I hope we may be together next year in the 
Sierras, where everything speaks of the power and love 
of God. O, that our lives might always be as free from 
outside things as they are there! 



Lovingly, 



Francisca (Diedrich) . 



REV. AND MRS. J. KEITH ALTIG will have sailed 
on the S. S. Mormacdale of the Moore-McCormick Line, 
certainly before you reed this announcement. They are 
to sail on March 1st, and should arrive at Belem, 
Brazil in about two weeks. Brother and Sister Altig, 
Janice, Jean, and even little "Stevie" are fired with 
missionary zeal. They will live for some months in 
Belem for language study, and will then pioneer in the 
new area of Amapa, north of the Amazon River. 

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EDITORIALLY SPEAKING 

(Continued from Page 163) 

world? A change of mind — repentance — on the part of 
the new Jewish state would be a most significant event. 
And that event may not be so far ahead as we think. 
Some day the Jewish nation must review the case, and 
in that day all Israel will cry, "My Lord and my God"! 

CREATION BY "EXPLOSION"! 

And now comes Drs. R. A. Alpher and R. Herman, 
scientists in the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory of 
Applied Physics at Silver Spring, Md.. with the thesis 
that creation took place in less than three hours, instead 
of the hundreds upon hundreds of millions of years that 
the scientists have hithei'to needed for their own theses 
of creation. According to these Johns Hopkins scien- 
tists, in their later theory, it required somewhere be- 
tween 1,000 and 10,000 seconds for all the 92 elements, 
"out of which everything in the universe is built," to be 
created out of a chaos of elementary particles — protons, 
neutrons, and electrons — which were packed together in 
a compact mass a few billion years ago. These scientists 
base their thesis on the commonly accepted idea of an 
expanding universe, and that everything in creation was 
once concentrated in a single mass, and that that mass 
suddenly "exploded." The present constellations of 
stars, galaxies, and everything upon them, are simply 
the flying fragnients resulting from that "explosion." 
In the heat resulting from that "explosion" the heat was 
so great that no atom could have remained intact, and 

therefore ! Ho hum! Before we take a nap. may 

we ask in our simple-mindedness just where that orig- 
inal compact mass of "92 elements" came from? And 
now, good-night! 



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"What the Gospel Has Meant to Me" 

A SYMPOSIUM BY SIX OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE CHURCH IN RIO CUARTO, ARGENTINA 



It would be impossible for me to tell clearly what the 
Gospel has been in many lives, and in my own. The 
thought of the change experienced leaves me greatly 
moved, and even more so, know- 
ing there are many souls without 
this blessed hope that makes us 
live clean, blameless lives. 

Since I was tiny, I have listened 
to the Gospel, as I was born into 
an evangelical family but, 
strangely enough, I never felt the 
desire to give myself entirely to 
the Lord until very recently. It 
is the fundamental step I have 
taken that will lead me to life 
eternal. 

Therefore, I am deeply grateful 
to the pastors who have guided my life to meet Him, 
though it was necessary for them to leave their homes 
for far-off lands in order to preach the "Good Nev/s" 
of salvation to "whosoever believeth." 

— Silvia Ester Grunig. 




SILVIA 



Words cannot express the great 
joy I feel in my heart, or the 
blessings I am receiving since the 
Lord Jesus is reigning in my 
heart. Since then the Gospel 
means to me a new life, joyful, 
separated from the world — the 
world which only leads to eternal 
perdition. This new life is only 
enjoyed by receiving the Saviour, 
our Lord, and living only for His 
honor and glory. 

— Daniel A. Nunez. 




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DANIEL 



I am infinitely grateful to the Lord that He sought me 
in my childhood, when the things of the world did not 
yet have great attraction for me. I should have been 
one of the many young liyes that 
go through the world without 
hope for security for the future. 
Really, the privilege of being a 
child of God, which is possible to 
all who believe, is immense. We 
have in our hands the greatest 
treasure, the Bible, to which we 
can turn at any moment to seek 
comfort, courage, and to know 
the will of our Father in heaven. 
When I go to Him in prayer, it 
is so good to know that He hears 
my voice, that He who is the 
Creator of the whole universe, who with His fingers 
formed the stars, thinks of me (Psa. 8: 3, 4) ; that with- 
out Him I am nothing. So the Gospel of Christ is for 
me a guide in this life, strength in my weakness, and 
what is even more, the wonderful hope that when 
Christ calls me, it will be to enjoy eternally His divine 
presence. — Emilia V. L. Diedrich. 




EMILIA 




Perhaps I cannot find words to express what the Gos- 
pel means to me. It was the most beautiful "Good 
News" I ever received. 

Thinking back over my former 
life, far from the Lord, as a real 
prodigal daughter, I groped in 
the darkness of sin, seeking in 
vain for what was to be found so 
near at hand — seeking in one way 
or another to find the peace my 
soul longed for, but Vv'hich I 
wanted to find where it never can 
be found — far from the Lord. 

When the moment arrived (so 
wonderful, and of great peace for 
me!), I feared the Lord would 
not forgive my sins. In the struggle to leave the way of 
perdition and enter into the way of salvation, Satan, 
fearing he was losing me, made me doubt greatly. It 
was a desperate fight with Satan, but the Lord is yet 
more powerful, and He gave me the strength necessary 
to vanquish the Evil One, and go with confidence into 
His arms, where He forgave me and gave me the joy of 
the much-desired peace. Now I can say with the poet: 

"Not the whole world can give the soul peace: 
Only Jesus can. He grants me surcease." 

Beatriz Machado. 



BEATRIZ 



The Gospel is the means by which I have come to know 
Christ, giving me the security and 
confidence that only He can give. 
It has the marvelous truth of the 
divine Word, and by it the Word 
of God takes on a deeper signifi- 
cance. It is the fountain from 
which I can draw when my soul 
needs strength and refreshing and 
communion with God, in moments 
of weakness and temptation to 
which one is exposed, and into 
which it is so easy to fall. 

— Enrique Aldo Lujan. enrique 




The influence of the Gospel in childhood is a cause 
for gratitude to the Lord, which 
I wish to express. To be born 
and brought up in a Christian 
home made my life one of the 
happiest. Thus I reached the age 
when I knew Christ as my Sav- 
iour, the happy day when the 
peace of God filled my life. 

If there exist persons who, 
amid the world-wide doubt and 
confusion, can maintain them- 
selves confidently and hopefully, 
they are those in whose hearts 
Christ rules, giving peace through 
the promises of God, given to us in the Gospel. 

Guillermina Moreno. 




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March 12, 1949 



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Intensely Interesting News From Argentina 



(Note. — The editor has just received an intensely in- 
teresting letter from Miss Johanna Nielsen, Rio Cuarto, 
Argentina. We quote the letter here in jull. — L.S.B.) 

Dear Brother Bauman: 

We had a very wonderful Field Council meeting. 
Lasted from about 9 a. m. to 1:00 a. m. and we were 
very tired, but felt it was all very fine, with unity of 
spirit and the Spirit guiding. We had expected to prob- 
ably have to take trains if possible. Dowdy and Spirop- 
ulos left about 6:00, Maconaghy at 7:00, and Hoyt a 
little later. 

We all feel that Brother Spiropulos is now in the best 
condition for service that he has been for many a day. 
It looked as though it might be a crisis point in his life, 
and he went back ready to face and overcome whatever 
difficulties he has to face. We are very thankful, for we 
feel he can be greatly used. 

Beside the multitude of small matters, there was the 
matter of the formation of the national church — a thing 
we all feel has to be formed as a definite entity now, 
largely because of the uncertainty of our position, but 
also because we believe the time is ripe. The Minutes 
will tell you more of that. 

The thing that was one of the big things was the de- 
cision to have a full-time Bible institute, beginning in 
April. It looked impossible from many standpoints, and 
would be if there were not the complete harmony that 
exists. Our present plan is to have two sections: girls 
in Rio Cuarto, boys in Almafuerte. There seem to be 
about seven or eight girls ready to come, besides a pos- 
sible four or five boys for Almafuerte. There are to be 
classes according to the tentative schedule worked out 
for 14 hours a week. Brother Dowdy will bring the 
boys here in his car on Tuesday, spend the night here 
and have Wednesday classes also here, and on those 
days Hoyt or Maconaghy, or both, will have their classes 
with all students together. There will also be music 
classes for all those days. The other days Dowdy will 
teach in Almafuerte, and Schrock in Rio Cuarto the 
same courses. I think Hoyt and Maconaghy are to be 
here just twice a month. The disadvantage is. of course, 
that Dowdy and Schrock both have to prepare the same 
courses. The advantage is that whereas in Ahnafuerte 
it would have meant that the students would have had 
just one teacher for all courses, except with the possi- 
bility of Brother Schrock having been able to go there 
once a week, this way there will be four professors of 
Bible studies. Also we can take care of these in this 
way without any extra building. In Almafuerte it would 
mean renting a house for dormitory and living purposes, 
and houses are not to be had. 

The Schrocks and I are willing to take on the extra 
load, because of the emergency, and because it seemed 
a tragedy to say to a dozen or more prospective students, 
"We can do nothing for you." Brother Bauman, I be- 
lieve every one of us down here is ready to do every- 
thing — I was going to say humanly possible, but that is 
incorrect, for v/e shall need much more than human 
possibility to carry through this year's program. But 
we believe we are in the greatest crisis and the greatest 
opportunity that Argentina has ever presented. 



I hope that the Maconaghys write up the story of the 
campaign in Pueblo La Italiana. Hill said it sounded 
like fiction to teU some of the things that happened. 
How I wish the Board could really see what we see 
here, in spite of all the discouragement that political 
conditions present. 

I'll not take your time for more, except to say that 
railroad fares are double, rents are to be raised 40%, 




Juan Spiropulos, Pastor of Church at Huinca Renanco, 
and Family 

etc. We are sorry not to be able to run things more 
economically, but these things are beyond our control. 
It looks to me like there may not be many more years 
when you can spend money for missions here. I hope 
the needed funds will not be withheld in a time when 
we who are on the field think we never had such oppor- 
tunity. The folks here are giving also. Camp expenses, 
which were much heavier this year, were met largely by 
their off'erings. 

We pray the Lord to grant the Board the wisdom 
they need in facing other problems as well as ours. 

Johanna Nielsen. 



HOW MUCH DO YOU WEAR? 

A missionary at home on furlough was invited to a 
dinner at a great sunrmer resort where he met many 
women of prominence and position. After dinner he 
went to his room and wrote a letter to his wife. He 
said, "I've had dinner at the hotel. The company was 
wonderful. Many women were present. There were 
some who wore one church, forty cottage organs, and 
twenty libraries." In his great longing for money to 
provide the Gospel for hungering millions, he could not 
refrain froin estimating the silks, satins, and the dia- 
monds of the guests at the dinner in terms of his people's 
need. If God sends us inoney to send to perishing mil- 
lions, and we spend it for needless luxuries, what does 
He think of it? — Missionary Digest. 



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Pefi6,anal 7i/a^^ in A^<f^eHti4ta 



By NELIDA NUNEZ 



One of the things that brings joy in the service of the 
Lord is personal work. One has many kinds of expe- 
riences in this work. I shall tell you of just a few. 

Generally I go out accompanied by the pastor's wife, 
wherever I am working, or if not, by some sister in 
the faith. 

It was a lovely, sumiy afternoon. We arrived at the 
home of a lady who had shown much interest in the 
Gospel. We found her sitting under a tree. She re- 
ceived us in a very friendly manner, inviting us in, and 
then offering us seats in the cool shade of the tree. At 
once we were engaged in pleasant conversation about 
many things. But soon the Lord gave us the oppor- 
tunity we desired. This woman was truly a soul athirst 
for the water of eternal life. For many years she had 
been asking for divine light, that she might know the 
Truth; a sincere Catholic, but without any assurance of 
salvation. 

Such was the work of the Lord in her heart that, that 
very afternoon, there under the tree, she accepted the 
Lord. A bit later when she took us into her bedroom 
to have prayer, her eyes were filled with tears of joy. 
But, on entering the room, the first thing that met my 
eyes was a large crucifix at the head of the bed, and I 
thought, "I must ask the Lord to remove this," and 
today do you know what takes its place? A beautiful 
Bible motto with its precious message. 

Finding ourselves in Rio Tercero, we went from house 
to house, leaving tracts and having conversations when- 
ever there was an opportunity. Thus we arrived at a 
house where a young lady answered the door. As I 
gave her a leaflet, I asked if she had ever heard the 
Gospel, to which she responded, "Yes, the Father reads 
the Gospel every Sunday." So I asked her if she knew 
the way of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. Did she 
have the assurance of her soul's salvation? She replied, 
"O, we have not yet come to that chapter." Later, we 
remarked to each other, "Poor girl, in all probability 
where she goes they will never arrive at that chapter!" 

In another home we found a young woman in humble 
circumstances who had been in bed for several months. 
It was a cloudy, rainy day, and they invited us into her 
room. It was not large, and in it were two beds, a table, 
dresser, wardrobe, sideboard, and chairs. We tried to 
talk to her of the things of the Lord, but she seemed 
very indifferent, listening rather to the radio that was 
going so loudly that we could hardly hear anything else. 
Even so, we had prayer before leaving and left her some 
tracts and a New Testament. 

When we went again there was quite a change. She 
was alone with her mother and it was quiet. She was 
willing to listen, and even asked some questions. Soon 
she had to be taken to the hospital, and when we went 
to see her there, the change was even greater. When 
we asked if she would like prayer, she responded at 
once. When we left she said, "Will you come to see 
me again?" 

Another afternoon I was about ready to return home. 



when something seemed to urge me to go on visiting. 
Evidently the Lord was guiding. I knocked at a house 
and a woman of about 45 came to the door. At first she 
did not wish to accept the leaflets. She was a Catholic — ■ 
did not care to know anything about the evangelicals. 
Although at first she had this attitude, we had a nice 
conversation, with the opportunity to tell her of Christ 
as the ONLY Way, the only Hope, the only Saviour. I 
asked her if she had a Bible or had ever read it. "No." 
was the answer, "I do not have one because I burned it. 
After I had bought it I was told that it was a sin to read 
it and that I ought to burn it. So I did." I told hsr 
what a mistake she had made, and that if she would 
permit me I would bring her a New Testament, and 
that without anyone seeing her, without going from her 
home, she could read it and ask God to help her see the 
true Way. She made excuses, but as I was leaving said 
I could bring it. 

Several days passed, and then I went to call again and 
take her the New Testament. The bread-man arrived 
at about the same time I did, and I waited until she had 
time to speak to me. She seemed none too pleased at 
my presence, for she knew why I had come. While she 
was getting her bread, I was asking the Lord to be with 
me, for I realized it was a somewhat difficult situation. 
From her manner of greeting me, I thought she was 
going to ask me to leave at once. But the Lord does 
not abandon His own, and she acted very differently. 
She invited me into the patio, which was beautiful with 
plants and flowers. Though she said I should not have 
ti-oubled to bring her the New Testament, still she re- 
ceived it gladly, and had various questions to ask about 
it. When I left, she went with me to the door, and I had 
to leave quickly, for big tears were running down my 
cheeks. There was something about her that made me 
love her and long more than ever for her salvation. 

If it were not that we know it is the Lord who works 
in the heart, that He makes the seed to grow, it would 
be vain to go out thus to sow. But He has promised 
that His Word shall not return to Him void, but shall 
bring forth its fruit unto eternal life. 

Just one more experience, among the many. A very 
Catholic young lady lived just facing one of our 
churches, and she answered our knock. Handing her a 
tract, and speaking of salvation and the future life, we 
were answered in sarcastic tones. One could see her 
proud spirit manifested. Speaking of knowing where 
we go on leaving this life she said, "Yes, I know exactly 
where I am going — straight to purgatory!" "How," I 
asked, "can you go to a place that does not exist? The 
Bible says there is a heaven and a hell, but says nothing 
about purgatory." But she was sure it does exist, for 
"the holy fathers of the church say so." All the time 
we could see that she was trying to humiliate and shame 
us, so that we would feel defeated and leave. But could 
we, with the Truth in our hands, and the Lord with us? 
Never! At last she said, "Well, you go your way and 

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SHARING THE JOYS AND TRIALS OF AN ARGENTINE PASTOR 



By REV. SOLON W. HOYT, Argentina 




REV. SOLON HOYT 



Serving the Lord in the Argentine is a privilege and 
joy. Come with me and share some of the experiences 
of recent months. 

After the household duties and 
the one hundred and one little 
things which must be done each 
day, we loaded the car and set 
out for Los Cisnes, one of our 
neighboring towns. Although it 
is much better to visit and hold 
meetings with the help of the 
wife, it is next to impossible to 
do this with two children. Of the 
three towns for which we are re- 
sponsible, Los Cisnes is the only 
one to which I can take the fam- 
ily. This is possible because of a fine Christian family 
which puts all the conveniences of their home at our 
disposal while we are there. 

After arriving on this particular day, I started out 
with my Bible and tracts. Entering into a tailor shop, 
I offered tracts to the tailor and two "seiioritas" who 
were helping. One of the ladies manifested a special 
interest in the things I was reading from the Bible. I 
could tell, however, that there was an ulterior motive. 
Later on in the afternoon, I passed this same lady in 
the street, and she asked me if I would lend her my 
Bible. I said that I couldn't lend her mine, but would 
be more than happy to lend her another. When she 
manifested that only my Bible would do, I immediately 
became bold and asked her the reason. "Just a little 
prank," she replied. That evening I learned that she is 
one of the most active ladies in the Catholic functions 
of that town. Thanks to the Lord, I still have the Bible 
in its entirety and not the "Shorter Bible." 

October of this past year was the month of another 
youth rally, this time in Almafuerte. Being well to one 
side of the mission field, not many were expected to be 
present, but the final count of those around the banquet- 
ing tables was seventy — a capacity crowd for such an 
event as a banquet. All went well, with the crowning 
joy of four making decisions for Christ. 

Every two weeks we must also go to Santa Eufemia 
for a meeting. For some time the attendance was quite 
good, but a sudden change took place when it was next 
to impossible to get the folks out. Sometimes there 
would be two; other times four or five. Because of this 
condition and a long-standing desire to visit from house 
to house and thus contact more people for the Lord, v.'e 
abandoned the services for a season to dedicate our- 
selves to this other type of work. I am happy to say 
that I have very good and faithful help in this effort. 
Two young men accompany me and put in their word 
for Christ whenever they feel it would be effective. I 
am happier with this system until we see some real 
conversions, because I know that we are evangelizing 
the town. 

During the past two years there have been a number 
of decisions here in the Carlota work. Two, however, 



have proved quite unfaithful and have even made it 
difficult for their wives to continue on in the Lord. We 
are dealing with a very false people. On^ cannot trust 
their word even in the smallest things. That is the 
reason we are so happy with the few believers who are 
faithful and truthful. Amidst the discouragements of so 
fev/ who prove faithful, we have had the joy of seeing 
a great change in a young couple here in Carlota. They 
are a bit younger than we are and have one precious 
little daughter. For more than a year they attended not 
more than once a week and sometimes not that. There 
came difficulties between the husband and wife which 
caused the wife to seek more spiritual help — she began 
to attend the Bible studies also. Later the husband lost 
his job and he too came a bit closer to the Lord. He 
had accepted the Lord some ten years before, and had 
even ti'aveled with a Bible coach helping spread tlie 
Gospel. But he wandered away from the Lord and 
found his wife while in the world. It seems that God 
can even turn our disobedience and sin into blessing 
although it does not cease to be sin. The wife came in 
contact with the Gospel through her wayward husband 
and has now advanced in a few months beyond the hus- 
band's growth in ten years. Praise God for changes 
such as these. 

Brother Schrock and I had the great privilege of being 
yokefellows in the spreading of the Gospel in Los Cisnes. 
For some time we had been preparing and praying for 
these three days of house-to-house visitation and an 
evangelistic meeting each of the three nights. The days 
were hot, but as we passed from house to house, all 
thoughts of personal feelings vanished as we thought of 
the tremendous ignorance and condemnation of those to 
whom we talked. Late one afternoon we entered the 
patio of a widow, mother of five. She has been under 
the hearing of the Gospel now for several years. When 
the conversation began, she claimed that she did not 
understand the Gospel way of salvation, but after some 
moments of explanation the uni'evealed came to light — 
her parents and in-laws are all against the "Evangel- 
icals." For some moments it seemed that the lady was 
about to open her heart's door to happiness and secur- 
ity. Then the conversation quickly changed and it 
seemed that she was taking her very life and the lives 
of the precious little ones into her own hands and plung- 
ing them into an eternal perdition in order not to face 
angry relatives. 

During our short stay in Los Cisnes we talked to one 
young man who is ti-uly "one among thousands." He is 
sincere, honest, intelligent, and desirous not to be a 
hypocrite. His parents and relatives are all Catholic 
and are urging him to be married in the Catholic church, 
but he refuses to do that with which he cannot whole- 
heartedly agree. The lies and corruption of the Catholic 
Church have proved to him that it is not the true way. 
Seeing his frankness, we desired to have a personal talk 
with him so we invited him to the meeting hall during 

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In His Presence— 'Fulness of Joy 



By MRS. CLARENCE SICKEL 
On Furlough from Argentina 



"In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand 
there are pleasures for evermore." The words came 
to us with special meaning a few^ weeks ago, as we 
read letters fresh from the Argentine field. A dear 
brother had gone on into the presence of our wonderful 
Lord, leaving a precious testimony behind him. For 
him it was "fulness of joy" and "pleasures for evtr- 
more," because someone had been constrained to pray. 
to give, and to go. His wife wrote: 

"The ninth of December, God called Nicolas into His 
presence. He went with such perfect peace and rest as 
to seem unbelievable to those outside of Christ who saw 
him go. According to the doctors, his last moments 
were to be so terrible and of such intense suffering. My 
dear sister, as you so well know, before I had heard the 
Gospel and had come to know my precious Saviour, and 
my two boys were taken from me, I couldn't find rest 
or consolation though I sought with my whole heart. 
But now, what a difference! I am so comforted, even 
as was my dear husband!" 

Precious, too, were the testimonies of others. "Senor 
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could no longer speak and saw her crying, he would 
point upward. What a comfort it was to her!" "I don't 
know whether you have heard that Senor Resell went 
to be with the Lord. His passing was one of such utter 
peace, that it has served as a very wonderful message 
from the Lord to each of our hearts." 

As we read these words, we were carried in thought to 
the time we had first known them — poverty-stricken, 
heartbroken, utterly disconsolate. They had but re- 
cently buried a fine lad of 18 years of age following a 
few months of illness, the second son to be buried in 
less than two years. The other had been a lad of 13, 
burned beyond hope of recovery. They had sacrificed 
everything — the little home they owned, his business as 
a barber — first, to save the boys' lives, then, to save 
their souls. They had moved twice, from one city to 
another upon the doctor's recommendation, the last 
move bringing them to Rio Cuarto to live near a Chris- 
tian believer. She invited them to the services, left 
tracts with them, and made the contact for us to visit 
there. It was not long until Dona Debora was in our 
services. Of her it may be truly said as of Lydia of old, 
"Whose heart the Lord opened." She drank in the Gos- 
pel message, as one thirsting for it, and accepted Christ 
for her own. There were none of the usual excuses — 
relatives, the Virgin Mary, "What will my neighbors 
think?" or "my husband's business." The Gospel was 
the answer to the crying need of her heart. It was for 
her, and she accepted it. He who is the God of all com- 
fort became her portion and she was transformed from 
a tearful, broken-hearted creature to one who radiated 
the light of the Gospel. We went with her one day to 
call upon some old friends whom she was anxious to 
reach for the Lord. It was not surprising that they did 
not recognize her at once, so changed was she. 

With her conversion, there was born in her heart a 
great longing that her husband and family and neighbors 
might know Christ, not as a mere image, nor as the Vir- 
gin's overshadowed Son, but as she had come to know 
Him, one who lives, loves, and intercedes for His own. 
Her testimony in the home was such that soon Don 
Nicolas was attending the services with her, first in a 
little branch mission, then in the central hall. His in- 
terest grew, but he was slower in making a decision 
and a complete surrender to the Lord. Perhaps his 
business associates had something to do with it. But 
his hunger for the Word led him to make real sacrifice 
to hear it. On Tuesday and Thursday nights he did 
not have time to walk out to his home after closing his 
shop End have his evening meal and get back to the 
mission on time; neither could he afford to spend money 
for bus service, so he would close his shop and come 
direct to the mission hall, getting home as late as 10:30 
or 11:00 o'clock each time. This he did for months. It 
was more important that he should feed his soul than 
his body. The time came when he was ready to testify 
to his clients in the barber shop, to his associates in the 



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union, and to all the world, that Christ was his, and he, 
too, was baptized. And now he has joined that glorified 
group of "just men made perfect." 

We rejoice as we think of him there, in company with 
Granny Garavano, who did not have even the necessities 
of life, but who passed into His presence, all of her 
faculties unimpaired, saying, "I am so content. I am so 
happy!" and Don Pedro, who had to contend with his 
fanatical Roman Catholic friends till his last breath. 
When they could not persuade him to call a priest, one 
of them slipped a medallion over his neck, thinking him 
too far gone to realize or to protest. But the Lord gave 
him strength to bear testimony to the last. As he strug- 
gled to take the ribbon from his neck, he whispered, 
"Take this off! If the Lord Jesus cannot save my soul, 
nothing else can"; and with Dona Antonieta, who passed 
from this world with the light of the glory in her face: 
with Dona Genoveva, Dona Marina, Dona Dominga. 
Dona Carmen, and a host of others, trophies of His 
grace from the Argentine field. 

Yes, praise God for these who have gone on to be 
with Christ and for hundreds of others who await that 
glorious day. But let us not forget that there are mil- 
lions in that land who are facing death. Do you know 
what that means? Have you ever been face to face with 
death? Do you remember the fear that gripped your 
heart for a moment? Or have you ever sat with a friend 
or loved one who was slowly slipping from this life? 
Do you remember the tears, the agony of heart? What 
. if you had had no sure hope to cling to, no knowledge 
of that Friend who never leaves nor forsakes? What if 



there had been no one praying? What if the thought of 
purgatory's flames were tearing the heart from you? 
What if all you had to depend upon for your salvation 
were the accumulated merit of your own good works 
and those of your dear ones who remain behind? You, 
too, would be tearing your hair from your head in des- 
peration, even as we have seen them do. From you, too, 
would be coming that awful death wail that sends the 
chills up and down the spine and into the heart, even as 
millions are doing in Argentina and Brazil today. 

What a difference it makes when we think of ourselves 
in another's place. 

What if your soul were in that soul's stead 

And you stood by the cruel tomb 
Into which your precious ones were laid, 

With nothing to banish the gloom? 
If you famished for want of the Living Bread, 

With the pangs that a soul may know. 
And your feet dragged on in a hopeless tread. 

Straight down to eternal woe — 
Oh! if it were you. Christian, what would you do 

If your soul were in that soul's stead? 

Praise God. we are not facing death, but "fulness of 
joy" in His presence, because of His wonderful grace! 
But what if a loss is mine or yours throughout eternity 
because we failed those who are facing death: because 
we did not pray earnestly and faithfully, or did not give 
sacrificially. or did not go if He called? May God stir 
our hearts for the fullest dedication of life and the laig- 
est offering for the greatest missionary expansion pro- 
gram in the history of the Brethren Church. 



THE NEEDIEST FIELD 

By population, the neediest mission field in the world, 
obviously, is China, with 500,000,000 people. In degra- 
dation, the neediest field is probably India. Consider- 
ing occupation or resident missionaries, the neediest field 
unquestionably is Central Asia. From the standpoint 
of Romanization, the neediest field in the world is Latin 
America. For evangelization (initial preaching), the 
greatest need is for the interior areas of central South 
America, central Africa, central AustraUa, northern 
Canada and Alaska. Because of lack of receptiveness 
to the preaching of the Gospel, the neediest field is 
North Africa or the Near East. Concerted seculariza- 
tion has made Soviet Russia a field of extreme need. 

Where God directs you will be the neediest mission 
field in the world as far as you are concerned. What is 
the place of greatest need in the world to you? — Call to 
Prayer. 



PERSONAL WORK IN ARGENTINA 

(Continued from Page 179) 

I'll go mine, and we shall see each other over thei-e" — 
and shut the door. What a sad picture! Completely 
deceived, and not wishing to recognize it! 

May such experiences not discourage us, but rather 
cause us to stand more firmly in the Lord, and be more 
faithful witnesses, because, as Paul says, "I am not 
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of 
God unto salvation," and we need that conviction and 
power to "press toward the mark." 



SHARING THE JOYS AND TRIALS . . . 

(Continued from Page 180} 

the afternoon siesta. There we talked, trying to show 
him the one and onlj' way to happiness and salvation. 
Upon leaving, he accepted a New Testament and prom- 
ised to read it. Will you pray with us for his salvation? 
In these visits we talked to people of all beliefs, but 
some of the saddest experiences were those with young 
girls who are already deceived by the Catholic pagan- 
ism. We carried the Catholic New Testament and 
showed them from their own Bibles their errors and 
the true and only way of salvation, but they were al- 
ready hardened, with their hearts bolted against the 
Gospel. Dear readers, the seed has been sown; only 
God can open the hearts. Will you pray? 



FAILURE IS SUCCESS 

A Moravian missionary named George Smith went to 
Africa. He had been there only a short time and had 
only one convert, a poor woman, when he was driven 
from the country. He died shortly after, on his knees, 
praying for Africa. He was considered a failure. 

But a company of men stumbled onto the place where 
he had prayed and found a copy of the Scriptures he 
had left. Presently they met the one poor woman who 
was his convert. 

A hundred years later his mission counted more than 
13,000 living converts who had sprung from the ministry 
of George Smith. 



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1,000,000 PEOPLE 

ARE 

'without CHRIST 

AND ONLY 

44 MISSIONARIES 

IN OUR 

FOREIGN FIELDS 

WE NEED 

MORE MISSIONARIES 

MORE PRAYER PARTNERS 

GREATER OFFERINGS 



REMEMBER THESE 
1,000,000 PEOPLE! 

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Rev. Patrick Henry will lead the 
Ankenytown, Ohio, church in an 
evangelistic campaign from March 
14 to 27. 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman is hold- 
ing a Bible conference at Clayton, 
Ohio, March 7-13. He will conduct 
evangelistic services at Cainsville. 
Mo., March 15-27, assisting Pastor 
Paul Davis. 

Rev. Robert Ashman preached the 
ordination sermon when Rev. Mere- 
dith Halpin was ordained to the min- 
istry at Sharpsville, Ind., Sunday 
afternoon, Feb. 27. Other ministers 
who assisted in the service were Dr. 
H. A. Kent, who presided, Rev. 
Homer Hanna, and Rev. Don Bart- 
lett. Dr. Kent preached at the 
morning service. 

Rev. Gerald Teeter s new address 
is R. F. D. 3, Piqua, Ohio. He is 
pastor of the church in Covington, 
Ohio. 

Born to Brother and Sister True 
Hunt, Feb. 25, a daughter. Brother 
Hunt is a senior in Grace Seminary, 
coming from Berne, Ind. 

This double-sized Foreign Mission 
Number of the Missionary Herald is 
being published a week later than 
usual in order that it might contain 
the Minutes of the Foreign Board 
meeting. The exchange was made 
through the courtesy of the W. M. C. 
editor, who kindly traded issues on 
short notice. In case you missed the 
Prayer Pointers, they were in the 
W. M. C. number last week. Re- 
member that next Tuesday, March 




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Box 88. Winona Lake. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

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W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach, Calif 

S- M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

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Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395. Winona Lake. Ind. 

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Winona Lake. Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Mayes 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Youth Ralph Colbum 

Sunday School C. S Zimmerman 

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15, is not only the deadline for pay- 
ment of your income tax, it is also 
the Brethren Day of Prayer. 

Wendell P. Loveless will hold a 
Bible conference in the North Riv- 
erdale church, Dayton, Ohio, April 
1-3. Bro. Roy Kinsey, superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school, is improv- 
ing rapidly in health. 

Evening services and midweek 
prayer meetings have been started 
in the new work at Berrien Springs. 
Mich., in addition to the Sunday 
school and morning service. There 
were 40 in Sunday school recently. 

An attack of the "flu" delayed Rev. 
R. D. Barnard's departure from V/i- 
nona Lake to the West Coast. 

Rev. William H. Clough is the 
evangelist at Peru, Ind., beginning 
March 13. 

The Central District youth rally 
will be held at Leesburg, Ind., April 
29, 30. Youth Director Ralph Col- 
burn will speak. 

Results of the evangelistic meet- 
ings at Dayton, Ohio, where Rev. 
William A Steffler was evangelist, 
include 111 decisions — 100 rededica- 
tions and 11 first-time confessions of 
faith. 

The first home-produced com- 
munion service at Garvey, Calij., 
took place Jan. 30, with 21 partici- 
pating and 11 observers. Nothing 
had to be borrowed from the parent 
church at Whittier. 

There were 69 public decisions at 
the revival meetings in Harrah, 
Wash. Jan. 24-Feb. 6, led by Rev. 
R. Paul Miller. Rededications were 
made by 40 people, and 29 first-time 
confessions were received. Other 
results include more family altars, 
larger attendance at prayer meet- 
ing, and an additional prayer meet- 
ing on Saturday nights which is fol- 
lowed by visitation. 

A record attendance of 78 was 
reached recently by the Sunday 
school at Radford, Va., and there 
were also 78 at the evening service, 
with six decisions. Rev. J. E. Pat- 
terson will lead the church in evan- 
gelistic meetings in April. 

Rev. Gerald Polman was the 
speaker at the dedication service of 
the new basement building at Jen- 
Tiers, Pa., Feb. 20. Other ministers 
of the district assisted in the serv- 
ice. Two weeks of evangelistic 
services began that day, with Rev. 
Lowell Hoyt as evangelist. Attend- 
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188. That morning there were 96 in 
Bible school and 81 at the worship 
service, all local people. 

Dr. Norman B. Harrison will hold 
a Bible conference at the First 
Church, Los Angeles, Calif., April 
3-17. 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt will be the 
speaker at the monthly Bible con- 
ference in Martinsburg, Pa., March 
16, 17. 

A special day of prayer was ob- 
served at Peru, Ind., March 1. Speak- 
ers and leaders at the three sessions 
include Rev. Wilbur McCain, Rev. 
Charles Sumey, Rev. Gilbert Engel- 
man, Rev. Arthur Cashman, Rev. 
Robert Ashman, and Rev. John Aeby. 

Additional Bible readers: Johns- 
town, Pa., Mrs. Florence Small; Ju- 
niata, Altoona, Pa., Mrs. W. H. 
Buckel, Mr. Mose Cashman, Mrs. 
Eva Harpster, Mrs. I. E. Miller, Mr. 
J. G. Shaw, Mrs. A. P. Shoemaker; 
Lo7ig Beach, Calif. (First), Mrs. 
Sarah Yoder; Radford, Va., Mrs. 
Guy Walters. 

Average Sunday school attendance 
at OsceoZa, Ind., last year was 105. 
Other averages include 94 at morn- 
ing worship, 22 at B.Y.F., 60 at the 
evening service, and 32 in prayer 
meeting. Twenty-one new members 
were received by the church, with a 
net gain in membership of 18. Pastor 
Ward Miller recently held evange- 
listic services at the Muskegon 
Heights Baptist Church in Michigan, 
where many souls were saved. 
Among those who supplied the Osce- 
ola pulpit during his absence were 
Rev. Richard Burch, the Gideons, 
Dr. A. J. McClain, and Dr. Homer 
Kent. 

For information as to how to send 
food and clothing to Europe, write 
to the American Council of Christian 
Churches, 15 Park Row, New York 
7, N. Y. Instructions and labels, to- 
gether with the names of Bible- 
believing Christians in Europe who 
will distribute your gifts in Christ's 
name, will be furnished upon re- 
quest. 



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EVANGELISM 




WHAT IS DOING ON THE EVANGELISTIC FRONT? 



By REV. R. PAUL MILLER 



Today we want to answer some 
questions about our needs. Letters 
come in every mail asking about the 
work. We try to keep up with them, 
but there are undoubtedly many 
others, especially among the lay- 
men, who do not write but who 
wonder about things. Letters are 
asking, "How are you getting along?" 
"What are your plans?" "Is any 
money coming in for the work yet?" 
"What do you need to get started?" 

As to plans, we are asking God to 
make them for us. We do not want 
to go ahead of Him, nor do ^ve want 
to lag behind. So we plan to keep 
close to Him. We are already see- 
ing the shaping of His own hand in 
our work to date. His hand is far 
better than all the clever ideas of 
ours. 

These lines are written in Yakima, 
Wash., during a campaign in this 
new church and field for Brethren. 
God has already glorified Himself 
mightily in campaigns at Spokane 
and Harrah. In both fields we noted 
a most unusual awakening among 
the laymen. They were thinking 
not only of their local field, but of 
their responsibility to the entire 
Northwest. The laymen seem to be 
ready for a concerted movement to 
evangelize this entire Inland Em- 
pire. A laymen's evangelistic rally 
was set for February 26th, here in 
Yakima, at which time the laymen of 
Spokane plan to drive the 200 miles 
each way and meet with the lay- 
men of Harrah, Yakima, and Sunny- 
side. At this meeting it is likely 
that definite plans will be laid to 
start things going in a few months. 

The general plan right now seems 
to be to obtain a portable tabernacle 
of sizeable proportions. The idea is 
to obtain a party supplied by the 
national Board of Evangelism, and 
to keep the party busy in that tab- 
ernacle all year long. It is expected 
to place it in close proximity to each 
of the local churches, and then to 
erect it in new sections that need 
evangeUzing, close enough to the 
local churches where the laymen 



can still take care of things. The 
length of the campaigns vi^ill be ex- 
tended to six, eight, or ten weeks as 
the situation seems to indicate. This 
will allow the doing of a far better 
work than the short meetings held 
hitherto. It will permit time enough 
to do a work of evangelizing as it 
ought to be done. 

Laymen from each church, who 
are able to do so, will be used in 
these meetings as personal workers 
to cover the whole section around in 
definite soul-winning. They will be 
trained on the job. Already laymen 
are asking when we can use them. 
It is surprising how many there are 
who are free to give weeks of time, 
and who are eager to have an actual 
part in really doing something for 
God in saving lost men. 

We believe that every district of 
our brotherhood could and should 
have a tabernacle or tent for per- 
inanent use in a constant program 
of evangelism of their district. One 
party would be in one district for a 
year, and then it would move to an- 
other district, and a different party 
would come in. S u c h a definite 
course of evangelism would bring in 
the greatest harvest of souls pos- 
sible. 

Now for the needs: 

1. A fund of $5,000 by June 1st to 
start out the first party. This is 
necessary to assure support of the 
members of the party when they are 
laboring in fields which cannot fully 
care for their needs. We cannot 
take men from lucrative fields with- 
out being assured that they can care 
for their families. Additional par- 
ties will require additional funds. 

2. Tabernacles and tents. Each has 
its beneficial feature. If each dis- 
trict provides its own, this item will 
be eased a lot. 

3. Seating must be provided. We 
plan to use seat ends and uncut lum- 
ber. 

4. Electrification. This includes 
lights, signs, etc. 

5. Public address system for use 



in advertising and for overflow 
crowds. 

6. Advertising. We plan to pro- 
vide high-grade, standardized ad- 
vertising prepared at Winona Lake, 
and supplied for all campaigns. This 
is much cheaper, and will prevent 
failure due to inexperience. 

7. Literature. This includes tracts 
and pamphlets of all kinds dealing 
with salvation and the distinctive 
ordinances of the Brethren churches, 
and good books supplied by the 
Brethren Herald Company. 

8. Truck for transportation of tab- 
ernacle or tent. Costs of hauling 
will soon use up the price of a good 
used truck. 

9. Station wagon. The entire party 
will use this to get from place to 
place. The high cost of railroad 
transportation would soon equal the 
cost of such a vehicle. It would 
serve a thousand uses during a cam- 
paign in getting to special meetings, 
etc. Where a party works in a dis- 
trict with churches closely located, 
this item may not be needed. 

But our greatest needs are jor 
prayer. Pray that, first of all, God 
shall he glorified in this entire move- 
ment. Nothing else matters. If the 
glory of God is our single desire. He 
will provide all that is needed. 



CATHOLIC PRESS 

According to The Evangel, "The 
Roman Catholic Church, always 
alert to the value of the press, plans 
a campaign to put a Catholic news- 
paper into every non-Catholic home 
in America. An anticipated weekly 
circulation of 100,000,000 among non- 
Roman Catholic readers will be paid 
for by Roman Catholics." 

Now, don't climb up on your chair 
and shout, "Down with the Cath- 
olics!" Send the Missionary Herald 
to your friends, relatives, and neigh- 
bors before the Catholics get there 
with the poison. 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




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ROBERT D. CREES 



"Robert, would you not like to 
give your heart to Christ?" 

"Sure, I would." 

That brief conversation took place 
at the door of the First Brethren 
Church, Philadelphia, Pa., after the 
regular morning service one Sunday 
in 1919. The question was asked by 
the pastor. Rev. Alva J. McClain. 
The ungrammatical answer was sup- 
plied by 13-year-old Robert D. 
Crees. Brother Crees had been 
reared in a Christian home, and in 
the church, and needed only that 
brief, personal suggestion to lead 
him to a definite decision. 

(How many like him do we let 
slip by, and out into the world?) 

Brother Crees was born May 6, 
1906, in Philadelphia. His conver- 
sion took place Sept. 19, 1919, and 
was followed a month later by bap- 
tism and church membership. 

His call to the ministry came at 



the age of 15 while he was attending 
a Christian Endeavor convention at 
Green Lane, Pa. 

College training was received at 
Ashland College, 1924-28, where he 




REV. R. D. CREES 

received the A.B. degree. In 1931 
he graduated from the Eastern Bap- 
tist Seminary in Philadelphia, with 
the B.D. degree. In May of that 
year he was ordained to the ministry 



by Rev. A. V. Kimmell, assisted by 
Rev. W. A. Steffler, in his home 
church. 

His first pastorate was at Kittan- 
ning and Brush Valley, Pa., where 
he served from 1931 to 1935. For 
the next two years he was pastor at 
New Kensington, Pa., followed by a 
seven-year pastorate at Waynesboro, 
Pa. From 1944 to 1947 he served at 
Canton, Ohio, moving from there to 
his present pastorate at the Third 
Brethren Church of Los Angeles. 

Brother Crees is a member of the 
Missionary Herald board, and is sec- 
retary of the California district con- 
ference and pastor-counsellor of the 
district young people's work. 

His wife, Beulah, formerly lived 
in Enola, Pa. They have three 
daughters, Rosemary, 16; Dorothy, 
14; and Roberta, 7. 

Robert Crees is 5 feet, 11 inches 
tall, weighs 200 pounds, has brown 
eyes and black hair. 



NEWS FROM OUR BRETHREN CHURCHES 



HARRAH, WASH. 

This was my first campaign in the 
Harrah church. I had been there 
for other purposes in past years, but 
never for a revival. We had a very 
small start so far as attendance was 
concerned. But there was steady in- 
crease and several times the balcony 
was filled. 

Harry Sturz is now pastor, and has 
been since last March. He is a 
graduate of Grace Seminary and was 
a teacher there before taking the 
Harrah congregation. For being on 
the field so short a time, he had a 
remarkable acquaintance with the 
field. He is a hard worker, a lover 
of souls, and a most congenial fellow 
servant. It was a pleasure to work 
with him. 

God was really glorified through 
the meetings. The work done in and 
through the lives of the men and 
women of the church was remark- 



able. The way the men prayed and 
did personal work was undoubtedly 
a great joy to the heart of the Lord. 
God evidently purposes to carry 
right on with this evangelistic pas- 
sion. Two real results of the meet- 
ing were the formation of a band of 
about 50 volunteer "intercessors," 
who purpose to keep right on pray- 
ing for a greater revival in the days 
not far ahead, one that will sweep 
our entire district out here. And 
they are also planning as they pray. 
The other result was a group of 
about 30 formed into the pastor's 
soul-winner's band. These are pur- 
posing to systematically continue the 
personal work carried on during the 
campaign. These laymen are in dead 
earnest and are seriously working 
toward a permanent district-wide 
evangelistic movement. Undoubted- 
ly God is now kindling the fires of a 
great evangelistic movement in the 
Northwest. There is vision and a 
great harvest in the Northwest, and 



especially at Harrah. — R. Paul Mil- 
ler, evangelist. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. 

For the first time we enjoyed the 
privilege recently of serving with 
the pastor and church at Waynes- 
boro, Pa., in a Christ-centered evan- 
gelistic meeting. Prayer and pub- 
licity preparation had been made. 
The meeting was well organized. 
The attendance was good on the 
week nights and especially good on 
the Sundays. The Christian hospi- 
tality was of the very best. The 
choir was faithful at every service. 
The pastor and wife rendered every 
possible service of prayer and help- 
fulness during our sojourn with 
them. The Christian fellowship of 
these meetings was sweet. The 
prayer-partners were faithful in pri- 
vate prayer and at the prayer meet- 
ings following each service. A day 

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spirit' Directed Giving 



By DR. LEWIS SPERRY CHAFER 



Probably the answer of the small 
boy was due to the fact that he had 
recently attended a certain type of 
religious meeting. His Sunday- 
school teacher expected him to say 
that the shepherd leads his sheep 
into green pastures as a reply to her 
question, "What does the shepherd 
do to his sheep?" Instead the boy 
answered, "He shears them." 

Two widely separated methods of 
giving and of securing gifts are 
abroad in the Christian world. 

The one most commonly employed 
in churches and Christian gather- 
ings is that of a direct appeal, often 
going so far as to suggest to the 
givers the amount they should give. 
The other method is that of depend- 
ing only on the Spirit of God to di- 
rect the gifts in the case of every 
person, and then of being willing to 
abide by the results of this confi- 
dence and trust. 

Of these two methods there can be 
little doubt as to the choice, if he had 
a choice, that would be made on the 
part of the average giver, for as cer- 
tainly as giving is a spiritual exer- 
cise of the individual in his personal 
relation to God, so certainly does he 
prefer to be left alone with God in 
this as in every other spiritual re- 
sponsibility. While we all recognize 
the importance of our obligation to 
be fully informed with regard to the 
various objects to which we are giv- 
ing, we also need to distinguish be- 
tween the voice of God directing our 
gifts on the one hand, and the habit 
of being moved only by the loudest, 
most insistent human appeal on the 
other hand. 

It is to be feared lest too many of 
our churches have been trained to 
respond only to the insistent human 
appeal, and this, like some medicine, 
requires an ever-increasing dose to 
produce the desired effect. All who 
travel constantly among the churches 
are impressed with the difference 
between various congregations in 
the matter of giving. Where the 
human pressure has been depended 
upon for many years the needed 
pressure has sometimes reached the 
point where it produces little more 
than disgust and weariness of soul. 
In these instances the medicine is 
fast losing its potency, even in the 
most extreme quantities. On the 



other hand, there are churches 
where little or nothing is said about 
giving more than to state the exact 
facts of the need. In these gather- 
ings the people all know that their 
own responsibility is personal and to 
God alone, and under that direct re- 
lation to God they discharge their 
stewardship. 

One church is a case in evidence. 
Molded through many years of spir- 
itual instruction by its pastor, who 
was one of the greatest Bible teach- 
ers, this church never takes a public 
offering and almost never makes a 
direct appeal. Yet the treasury gen- 
erally ends the year with many hun- 
dreds of dollars surplus. The gifts 
to missions in this same church are 
many thousands of dollars annually, 
and the financial support of all cared 
for by that church is generous and 
honorable. It will seem incredible 
to many that a small church could 
raise thousands of dollars for mis- 
sions from year to year without a 
public appeal, let alone a weekly 
scolding. 

Certainly all Christians are inter- 
ested in this subject, and of these two 
extremes every thoughtful Christian 
will prefer the more God-honoring, 
self-respecting methods. 

The whole subject needs careful 
analysis on the part of pastors and 
people and perhaps a readjustment 
of ways and means. 

First: the ecstatic joy of giving 
must he preserved. There is such a 
thing, for "the Lord loveth a cheer- 
ful (hilarious) giver." The ecstasy 
is nothing other than the inner con- 
sciousness that the gift is the out- 
working of the blessed will of God. 
There is a difference between being 
told by God and being told by men 
as to what and where we should 
give, and the giver who is so dull of 
soul that he gives only under hu- 
raan pressure and responds only to 
strong emotional appeals will know 
nothing of the true grace of giving. 
Such givers — and they make a ma- 
jority — remain dormant until the 
professional money-raiser captures 
them. But what an emptiness of 
soul it all reveals, and what a tragic 
failure in the realm of personal fel- 
lowship with God! To this great 
class of givers the merits of a cause 
weigh but little. Their gifts are re- 



served for the boldest, most success- 
ful artists in the field of solicitation. 
Such giving is far I'emoved from the 
New Testament ideals set forth in 
II Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9, and 
equally as far removed from the 
possibility of the priceless experi- 
ence of an ecstatic joy in giving. 

Second: in the stewardship of His 
children, God raust direct the plac- 
ing of gifts, else they cannot main- 
tain a life of spiritual power and un- 
broken fellowship with Him. Why 
rob people of this blessing under the 
short-sighted impression that they 
must be coerced in their giving? 
Would that all pastors and evange- 
lists might realize that the unbroken 
fellowship and the life of power are 
infinitely more to be prized than the 
financial gains! And would that they 
might know that there is no trouble 
ever with the question of needed 
funds when the spiritual life is un- 
interrupted! 

How jealously the giver should 
guard against any and all forms of 
human pressure which might mis- 
lead him away from the discharge of 
his God-given responsibility, which 
responsibility is to find and to do the 
precise will of God! And how sym- 
pathetically he should be assisted in 
his solution of this problem, even 
by those who themselves would ap- 
preciate his financial assistance in 
the particular work they, under God, 
are undertaking! It is the acid test 
for the giver as to whether he will 
do only and all the will of God in 
the bestowing of His bounty, whether 
that bounty be great or small. It is 
no less an acid test for the individ- 
ual, the organization, or the institu- 
tion that is in distressing need of 
financial help to be satisfied when 
God's guiding hand withholds the 
bounty of a particular steward of 
God, and to experience no spirit of 
criticism or any withdrawal of Chris- 
tian fellowship when financial sup- 
port is thus conscientiously with- 
held. The richest individual in the 
world could not give indiscrimi- 
nately to everyone; his benevolences, 
like those of the smaller giver, are a 
personal issue between himself and 
his Lord — an issue which must bulk 
largely at the Judgment Seat of 
Christ. So also it is well for those 
in need to consider the question as 



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to how much blessing would be 
gained in the particular work or 
enterprise they represent if funds 
were given to them contrary to the 
will of God. 

Third: in presenting a cause, there 
is a difference between injormation 
and solicitation. All will agree. that 
information is required, else no in- 
telligent giving is possible; but the 
real problem centers around the 
question of solicitation. 

Many will recall the method em- 
ployed for many years by the late 
Dr. D. M. Stearns in his church in 
Germantown, Pa. He spared no 
pains nor time to read the messages 
from the mission fields to his people 
that they might be informed; but. 
so contrary to the usual practice, he 
would tell his people not to give 
unless to withhold their gifts wovdd 
burden their souls. This was infor- 
mation without solicitation. The 
record is a matter of history that 
that church, probably beyond any 
other in a generation, had from 
year to year with constant increase 
led in sacrificial gifts to world-wide 
evangelization. Let every Christian 
leader face these great issues and 
decide whether the giver shall be 
told by God or by men as to what 
he shall give. In the one case there 
is overflowing bounty. In the other 
case there is ever narrowing expe- 
rience of soul and ever lessening of 
the amount given. 

All so-called faith institutions are 
depending on the people of God to 
heed the leading of the Spirit in the 
matter of gifts to their work. Doubt- 
less, under present conditions as 
practiced in many churches, it is ex- 
pected of these institutions by some 
that they will send their agents to 
enter the arena of contest with a 
story more fetching than all com- 
petitors and thus get the larger re- 
turns. No such program can be 
undertaken by a faith institution 
They must depend on God at every 
step of the way. They must depend 
on God to incline His people to in- 
tercessory prayer for their work. 
They depend on God to supply the 
temporal needs from month to month, 
but one cannot refrain from remind- 
ing the reader that his relation to 
this system of financing the work of 
God is not the high-pressure system 
of human appeal, and, if he is accus- 
tomed to being moved to give only 
as this pressure is increasingly 
brought to bear on him, he is sure 
to miss the joy of giving as well as 



the share God wishes him to have 
in all the rich harvest that is coming 
through the work of the faith insti- 
tutions. 

Consider this. Supposing every 
faith institution were pressed to the 
limit at this moment for funds to 
maintain its work, could God talk to 
you about this apart from the ha- 
rangue of a public appeal? Is your 
giving in obedience to the still, small 
voice of the Spirit of God? Are you. 
too, a part of the great divine faith 
system? Do you know how to func- 
tion in such a sphere? May God 
help you to do so, for the blessing is 
one of the richest that can be ex- 
perienced in your soul. 

Let us consider afresh the Word: 
"But this I say, He which soweth 
sparingly shall reap also sparingly; 
and he which soweth bountifully 
shall reap also bountifully. Every 
man according as he purposeth in 
his heart, so let him give, not grudg- 
ingly, or of necessity; for God lov- 
eth a cheerful giver. And God is 
able to make all grace abound to- 
ward you; that ye always having all 
sufficiency in all things, may abound 
unto every good work." And: 
"Therefore as ye abound in every- 
thing, in faith, and utterance, and 
knowledge, and in all diligence, and 
in your love to us, see that ye 
abound in this grace also" (II Cor. 
9:6-8, and II Cor. 8:7).— Tract. 



"BACK TO SUNDAY SCHOOL" 

By Archer E. Anderson 

A decadent Sunday school is a 
broken dike that can no longer hold 
back the tides of evil that threaten 
our children. A strong, virile, evan- 
gelistic Sunday school that reaches 
out to the unreached boys and girls 
of America, and trains them in the 
Word of God, is the very arm of the 
Lord extended in mercy and ever- 
lasting salvation. Boys and girls 
who grow up with Jesus Christ in 
their hearts, and the Word of God in 
their minds will not be delinquent 
children. Boys and girls who are 
denied that opportunity become for- 
gotten children; forgotten by God. 

These are the alternatives. Which 
will you choose? As for me, I'm 
going to Sunday school. I would 
urge you to come back to Sunday 
school. . . . 

You have deplored the delinquency 
of the children. May I ask what 
you are doing about it? — United 
Evangelical Action. 



THE SABBATH 
Testimony of the Fathers 

Seventh Day Adventist leaders 
have sought to further their cause 
by stating that the popes changed 
the Jewish Sabbath to the observ- 
ance of the first day of the week. 
Again, they would aver that it was 
Constantine the Einperor who did 
this. They have even offered $1,000 
to anyone who could prove other- 
wise; but recently they are silent on 
the challenge, for as a result of the 
historical investigation which has 
been stirred up, their contentions 
have been entirely upset. 

Here are the testimonies of seven 
Church Fathers on this point, all of 
whom but Augustine lived before 
the reign of Constantine: 

Ignatius of Antioch, a disciple of 
John, who survived him only a few 
veers, said in 101 A. D.: 

"Those who were concerned with 
old things have come to newness of 
confidence, no longer keeping Sab- 
baths but living according to the 
Lord's Day, on which our life as 
risen again through Him depends. 
Let us no more Sabbatize." 

Barnabas, in a letter dated at the 
beginning of the second century, 
wrote: 

"We keep the eighth day with joy 
on which day Jesus also arose from 
the dead." 

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, who 
had associated with the apostles, 
stated in 167: 

"On the Lord's Day every one of 
us Christians keeps the Sabbath." 

Clement of Alexandria wrote in 
194: 

"The old Seventh Day has become 
nothing more than a working day." 

Tertullian said in 200: 

"The Lord's Day is the holy day 
of the Christian church. We have 
nothing to do with the Sabbath." 

Origen, in 225, spoke as follows: 

"To keep the Lord's Day is one of 
the marks of the perfect Christian." 

Augustine, about 400 A. D., de- 
clared: 

"The Lord's Day was established 
by Christ. The Lord's Day was by 
the resurrection declared to Chris- 
tians, and from that very time it 
began to be celebrated as the Chris- 
tian festival." — Fifth and Cherry 
Light. 



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Homogenized Christians 



During the past few years men 
have developed a new way of proc- 
essing milk. After the milk has 
gone through this new process, it is 
said to be "homogenized." There is 
another process through which milk 
is taken and this process is called 
"pasteurization." When milk has 
been pasteurized the cream sep- 
arates from the milk by rising to the 
top of the container, just as it does 
in raw milk. But in the homog- 
enized milk, the cream and milk re- 
main together; they do not separate. 
Thus you cannot tell the difference 
between the cream and milk either 
by sight or taste. 

Homogenized milk reminds one of 
many professing Christians who 
cannot be identified as being sep- 
arate from the world. You cannot 
distinguish between them and their 
worldly friends. They are so mixed 
in with the world that they no longer 
manifest the glory of God and the 
power of God in their lives. 

After God saves a sinner. He gives 
him the command to be separate 
from the world. However, to the 
shame of many Christians, they have 
not followed the admonition of the 
Lord. They are not separated jrom 
the world. They are not separated 
unto God. 

By looking into some things that 
"homogenized Christians" do not do 
that they should do, and also those 
things they do, that as born-again 
believers they should not do, we 
shall see what they are like. 

I. Those Things They Neglect. 

a. The practice of regularly at- 
tending the Lord's house. 

The important word here is regu- 
larly. Many Christians are careless 
in this matter, and they are the folk 
who show no real interest in the 
church or in the things of the Lord. 
When a member of any church stays 
away from the services of the 
church, whatever they may be, he is 
just as much as saying, "I do not 
care whether they have the service 
or not." Sickness and emergencies 
are not included here for they come 
to everybody, but it is the week- 
after-week neglect of the services of 
the church that is under considera- 
tion. The Scriptural basis for this 



By REV. P. F. FOGLE, Ankenytown, Ohio 

is in Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking 
the assembling of ourselves together, 
as the manner of some is . . ." 

b. The practice of prayer to the 
Lord. 

They do not pray at home. They 
never have prayer with all the fam- 
ily present. We have all failed in 
this, but there should be a few min- 
utes set aside during the day when 
the family can pray. They do not 
pray before eating. If visitors come 
in, can they tell yours is a Chi-istian 
home because you pray at the meal 
table. If not, then you are a homog- 
enized Christian, for the world does 
not pray before partaking of food. 
They do not darken the door of the 
church on prayer meeting night. If 
you are not present at prayer meet- 
ing, you are telling people of the 
church, and the Lord, that you are 
not really interested that the church 
prosper and souls are won to Jesus. 

The Scriptural basis for this is I 
Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without 
ceasing." This means that a Chris- 
tian should have as a habit of life 
the practice of prayer. If this is not 
true then he is homogenized, for the 
world does not pray. 

c. The practice of testifying for the 
Lord. 

When was the last time you spoke 
a word for your Lord? Was it last 
week, or was it last month, or was 
it last year? The world does not 
testify for the Lord, and if you do 
not then you are homogenized, you 
cannot be distinguished from the 
world. 

The Scriptural basis for this 
thought is in II Corinthians 5:19, 
". . . God was in Christ, reconciling 
the world unto himself . . . and hath 
committed unto us the word of rec- 
onciliation." 

The previous thoughts have been 
concerned mostly with being sep- 
arated unto God. Now let us look 
into that which concerns being sep- 
arated from the world. 

II. Those Things They Do That They 
Should Not. 

a. Use of worldly conversation. 

This includes vile language. It 
may not be that a Christian will 
make it a practice to use this type 
of language, but many are very care- 



less about these matters. This also 
includes the telling, or even listen- 
ing to, dirty stories. Folks who par- 
take in these things and claim to be 
born-again are homogenized. If you 
use dirty language of any kind, you 
are using the language of the world, 
and the world can tell no difference 
between you and it. But the Chris- 
tian who always uses clean language 
and occasionally speaks a word for 
His Lord is one who can easily be 
identified as others look at him. The 
Scriptural basis for this idea is found 
in I Peter 1:15, ". . . be ye holy in 
all manner of conversation." 

b. Attendance at worldly places. 
This includes attending the movie 

theater, the dance hall, the pool hall, 
the beer parlor, and all other places 
that might fall under this classifica- 
tion. There is not room to discuss 
each of these separately, but the 
passage in Romans 12:1 gives us 
enough grounds to condemn the 
above-mentioned places. The com- 
mand is to present our bodies a liv- 
ing sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God. It is impossible to follow this 
verse and still attend the amuse- 
ment places of the world. If you do 
attend, then you are homogenized, 
for the world can see in you nothing 
different from themselves. 

c. Keeping company with worldly 
friends. 

Many Christians have made this 
mistake and by it have lost their 
testimony for the Lord. We should 
not have any intimate fellowship 
with those of the world. This does 
not mean that we cannot speak to 
them, or even visit in their homes, 
but it has to do with intimate rela- 
tions. One good passage of Scrip- 
ture dealing with this is II Corinth- 
ians 6:14-18, "Be ye not unequally 
yoked together with unbelievers . . . 
wherefore come out from among 
them, and be ye separate, saith the 
Lord." These are strong words. Let 
us heed them! 

Have you neglected those things 
that the Lord has told you to do? 
Have you been quick to do those 
things that the Bible warns you 
against? If so, you ai-e a homogen- 
ized Christian. But seek the Lord, 
confess your sins, and He will re- 
store you to fellowship and service. 



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BIBLE IMPERATIVES 

Or Some Bible ''Musts" 

By ALAN S. PEARCE 
Associate Editor, 'Prophecy Monthly'; Formerly Associate Pastor, First Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 



I. THE IMPERATIVE OF SERV- 
ICE (John 4:4), "And he rnust needs 
go through Samaria" (Cf. John 9:4; 
Luke 2:49; 19:5). WhUe it is true 
that the most direct route from Ju- 
dea to GaUIee was through Samaria, 
yet the Jews, having no deaUngs 
with the Samaritans, would often 
make a circuitous route on the east 
side of the Jordan to avoid meeting 
any of them. Our Lord, who al- 
ways depended upon the Father to 
guide Him (John 5:19; 10:18), we 
believe, had another reason for pass- 
ing through Samaria. He knew there 
would be a woman at a well in need 
of the water of life, and that through 
her, a whole community would be 
saved. 

For a similar reason a Philip must 
leave a great revival in Samaria and 
wait for a chariot on a lonely road. 
Paul must leave Ephesus and Gala- 
tia and go to Philippi. Peter must 
go to Cornelius, though, as a strict 
Jew, he had never entered a gentile 
house. 

A certain country preacher at rare 
intervals in his ministi'y had a sense 
of divine imperative and had no rest 
until the mission was performed. He 
learned its reality through a great 
shock of disobedience. In his early 
ministry he was quite timid at mak- 
ing calls. He preached in the school 
house at South Barre, Vt., while a 
student in Montpelier Seminary. 
One Saturday he had his first expe- 
rience of the strange imperative — 
an ovei-whelming impression that he 
should visit a certain Mrs. Wark. 
In his shyness he brushed aside the 
impression, promising the Lord that 
he would make the call the next 
time he came to South Barre. But 
the next week as he was walking 
into the village, a young man said to 
him, "Have you heard the news? 
Mrs. Wark died last night." May we 
always be receptive to the Spirit's 
call, heeding the divine imperative 
whenever He calls us to serve Him. 



"Ready to go, ready to stay, 
Ready my place to fill; 
Ready for sei^vice, lowly or great. 
Ready to do His will." 

This imperative of service extends 
beyond those nearby or even in our 
own country, which leads us to the 
next imperative, which is — 

II. THE IMPERATIVE OF MIS- 
SIONS (Mark 13:10), "And the gos- 




REV. ALAN S. PEARCE 

pel m,ust first be published among all 
nations" (Cf. Matt. 28:19, 20). The 
Jews, in the day of Christ, expected 
that the offers of life under the Mes- 
siah would be confined to their own 
nation. But Christ made it clear 
that the Gospel (good news) was for 
th'i entire world. 

It has been stated that there are 
800,000,000 heathen in the world to- 
day and 200,000,000 Moslems, all of 
whom are without God and without 
hope. Passing by in single file, one 
every second, day and night for a 
whole year, only 31,000,000 would 
have passed. It would require an- 
other 11 years for the Roman Cath- 
olic and Greek churches to pass by. 
After these there are the crowds of 
unsaved Protestants. What a chal- 
lenge! You say it is an impossible 
task to reach them all. Not if every 



born-again believer put himself to 
the task of witnessing for Christ. 

Dr. R. A. Torrey in his book on 
personal work gives us the follow- 
ing interesting figures: "If every 
Christian won three souls to Christ 
each year, and if there were only 
5,000 Christians in the world who 
did this during the coming year, and 
everyone converted won three more, 
and all were spared for ten years, 
the number of Christians each year 
■would be as follows: 

First vear 20.000 

Second vear SO.OOO 

Third vear 320,000 

Fourth vear 1.280.000 

Fifth year 5,120.000 

Sixth vear 20,480,000 

SeventJi year 81,920.000 

Eighth year 327,680,000 

Ninth year 1.310,720,000 

Let US therefore resolve that dur- 
ing the coming year we will, by His 
Spirit, win at least three souls to 
Christ. Make the following your 
prayer: 

"Lord, lay some soul upon my heart, 
And love that soul through me; 
And may I ever do my part. 
To win that soul to Thee." 

And now we are led to an imper- 
ative that all who are truly born 
again and are following Christ, must 
experience. That is — 

III. THE IMPERATIVE OF SUF- 
FERING (Acts 9:16), "For I will 
shew him how great things he m.ust 
suffer for my name's sake." Acts 
14: 22b. "We must through much 
tribulation enter into the kingdom 
of God" (cf. I Pet. 2:20, 21). 

Over and over again we read in 
God's Word of the ministry of suf- 
fering in the lives of His children. 
Probably the three most outstanding 
examples of suffering are Job. of 
whom an entire book of the Old Tes- 
tament is written, dealing with hu- 
man suffering; the Apostle Paul (II 
Cor. 11:23-28); and our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ (I Pet. 2:21- 
24). In II Timothy 3:12 we read, 
"Yea, and all that will live godly in 



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Christ Jesus shall suffer persecu- 
tion." 

The reward of suffering is set forth 
in II Timothy 2:12, "If we suffer, we 
shall also reign with hini," and in 
Romans 8:17, 18, where we are told 
we shall be "glorified together." 

E. Prentiss wrrote on his experi- 
ence of suffering as follows: "Not 
till I was shut up to prayer and to 
the study of God's Word by the loss 
of earthly joys — sickness destroying 
the flavor of them all — did I begin 
to penetrate the mystery that is 
learned under the cross. And won- 
drous as it is, how simple is that 
mystery! To love Christ, and to 
know that I love Him — this is all." 

There is yet one more imperative, 
which, however, is future in its op- 
eration. That is — 

IV. THE IMPERATIVE OF JUDG- 
MENT (II Cor. 5:10), "For we must 
all appear before the judgment seat 
of Christ; that every one may receive 
the things done in his body, accord- 
ing to that he hath done, whether it 
be good or bad." 

This imperative applies to all, 
though in this particular passage 
Paul is addressing himself to be- 
lievers, who must appear before 
"the judgment seat of Christ" (the 
tribunal, the bema seat). The pic- 
ture here is Roman, not Greek; in 
Greek the word meant the orator's 
pulpit. "The 'Bema' was a lofty 
seat, raised on an elevated platform, 
usually at the end of the Basilica, so 
that the figure of the judge must 
have been seen towering above the 
crowd which thronged the long nave 
of the building" (Stanley). 

It is before this judgment seat our 
true character will be manifested 
whether as better or worse than man 
thought us. John alludes to this 
scene in I John 2: 28, where he 
writes, "And now, little children, 
abide in him; that, when he shall 
appear, we may have confidence, and 
not be ashamed before him at his 
coming." 

Too many Christians look upon 
this day as a day when the rewards 
will be meted out and that it will be 
a joyous occasion. While this is true, 
it is also true that bad things done 
in our bodies since we believed will 
be manifested and dealt with by our 
Lord before that judgment seat. 
This ought to solemnize our think- 
ing and motivate our every thought 
and action while we sojourn here 
upon earth. 



The Light That Never Fails 



By REV. BEN HAMILTON, JR. 
French Equatorial Africa 



While regiments of the world's 
scientists were viewing the May 20, 
1947, solar eclipse in Brazil through 
a great assortment of elaborate 
equipment, the folks at Bassai wit- 
nessed the same eclipse — not through 
complex gadgets but only through 
old negatives. The blackout of the 
sun by the moon was indeed quite a 
spectacle. Amazing how men will 
pour out money to study a mysteri- 
ous phase of God's handiwork, not to 
glorify the Lord, but merely to exalt 
their own wisdom by propounding 
theories that attempt to explain the 
unknown! 

Yes, the world is fascinated by 
the spectacle of one powerful source 




REV. BEN HAMILTON 

of light being momentarily obliter- 
ated by a weaker light. But that 
same world is uninterested in the 
light that never fails, the one light 
that can never be obscured by any 
obstacle. 

Men seek ever to perfect a light 
that will never fail them. Gasoline 
and kerosene lanterns are imperfect. 
Limited capacity for fuel, and fragile 
mantels, combine to make them un- 
dependable. Flashlights are ineffi- 
cient, for one never knows at what 
moment the batteries will become 
exhausted. 

The story is told of explorers in 
the interior of Dutch Guiana who 
wished to offer a native chief a very 
special gift. It was a lavishly chro- 
mium-plated job with extra-special 
batteries of super duration. Offered 
the flashlight, the chief pondered the 
matter momentarily. Then he 
amazed the donors. He refused their 
beautiful gift. Noting the explorers' 
astonishment, the old chief said, 
"Thank you, but I have no need for 



your magic light." Producing a 
bottle full of tropical lightning bugs 
of extraordinary brilliance, the old 
chief added, "You see, they never 
fail!" 

Comparatively speaking, the old 
native wise man was half right. The 
only trouble was that the life span 
of a lightning bug is rather short, 
therefore until a fresh supply of 
Nature's wattage could be gathered 
up, even that source of light failed 
many times. 

James, beholding the heavenly 
lights, once said, "Every good gift 
and every perfect gift is from above, 
and Cometh down from the Father 
of lights, with whom is no variable- 
ness, neither shadow of turning'^ 
(Jas. 1:17). Because the unchange- 
able God is Light, there can be no 
variation in this Light that never 
fails. It ever shines with the same 
intensity and purity and needs never 
to be replenished, for God is omnip- 
otent. 

When it is said God is light, it is 
also meant that Christ also is light. 
For the Lord said (John 8:12), "I 
am the light of the world." In this 
statement we have an interesting 
case of an Old Testament type being 
fulfilled. The golden lamps of the 
tabernacle were suggestive of God 
as the Light of the world. In Old 
Testament typology gold is symbolic 
of God's divinity, and lamps always 
indicative of light. The tabernacle 
lamps were fed by means of a spe- 
cially compounded oil (Ex. 27:20). 
It was pure olive oil, which signified 
the need for careful preparation. Oil 
is a type of the Holy Spirit's min- 
istry and approval. Thus we see 
that Christ, the Light of the world, 
is that holy Light which derives its 
power from the unction of the Holy 
Spirit (Psa. 45:7; cf. Heb. 1:9). Un- 
derstood from this point, it is little 
wonder that in Christ we have such 
a matchless Light! 

"No darkness have we who in Jesus 
abide; 
The Light of the world is Jesus; 
We walk in the Light when we fol- 
low our Guide, 
The Light of the world is Jesus." 

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tfinona Lake, Ind. 



blessed Lord a light that never fails 
is, as I John 1:5 states, that "in him 
is no darkness at all." The original 
text makes this extremely emphatic 
by the use of two negatives. In 
other words, there is absolutely no 
darkness of any kind whatsoever in 
the Light of the world. That Light 
is of a purity unattainable by the 
most skillful of laboratory tech- 
niques. 

One of the purest forms of white 
light which we can observe is that 
which comes from the sun, unen- 
cumbered by clouds. Yet when that 
light is passed through a prism it 
breaks down into all the colors of 
the spectrum. By means of a spec- 
troscope attached to a telescope, as- 
tronomers have discovered that the 
"pure" light of the sun is a mixture 
of the lights thrown off by various 
chemical elements that ai'e virtually 
at white heat all the time. May it 
not be possible that the purity of the 
Light of the world is due to a mix- 
ture of all the holy attributes of God 
that go to make up the fullness of 
the Godhead? For does not the full- 
ness of the Godhead dwell in our 
Saviour (Col. 1:19; 2:9)? 

Thus sin which so eclipses the 
lives of men is unable to obliterate 
the pure light of God. Men are in- 
terested in the av.'esome grandeur of 



lunar and solar eclipses. But the 
eclipsing of men's hearts by sin is 
of no interest to the world. God 
alone is interested in such an eclipse. 
His interest is in canceling out that 
blot and providing a means for it 
never to happen again. Praise God, 
there is a means for perpetually dis- 
solving and removing sin's stain: 
"If we confess our sins, he is faith- 
ful and just to forgive us our sins, 
and to cleanse us from all unright- 
eousness" (I John 1:9). 

May our prayer be that of Con- 
stance Milinan: 

"Lord, send thy light. 
Not only in the darkest night, 
But in the shadowy, dim twilight. 
Wherein my strained and aching 

sight 
Can scarcely distinguish wrong 
from right, 
Then send thy light." 



NEWS FROM CHURCHES 

(Continued from Page 186j 

of fasting and prayer was observed. 
Much appreciation was expressed for 
the "teaching type" of evangelism 
which we employ. 

We set high standards of evange- 
lism. Sinners were called to re- 
pentance as well as to confession of 



Christ. Christians were challenged 
to separation from the world. We 
taught that church members should 
not only make things right in their 
hearts with God but make them right 
with others also. 

Some souls were won for Christ. 
Some Christians sought forgiveness 
and cleansing. We had a good meet- 
ing, but the real, sweeping revival 
for which we had prayed and la- 
bored is yet to come. Perhaps if we 
had been able to continue one more 
week the big harvest might have 
been reaped. At least, pastor, eai- 
nest members, and the evangelist 
were faithful to the ministry of 
Christ-centered evangelism. — 
Charles H. Ashman, evangelist. 



The Lord moved in our evange- 
listic meetings with Brother Charles 
H. Ashman. Ten adult reaffirma- 
tions of faith were made, four adults 
gave their hearts to Christ in first- 
time confessions of faith, and 16 boj's 
and girls made decisions during the 
Bible school hour of the last Sunday 
of the meetings. 

Evidences of the force of the re- 
vival continuing are before us as 
others have since considered care- 
fully the claims of Christ upon them. 

The Word of God was preached 
clearly, s i m p ly , and forcefully, 
bringing conviction to saint as well 
as sinner. The saints were built up 
in the most holy faith, and the sin- 
ner was stirred to a new considera- 
tion of so great salvation. — C. S. 
Zimmerman, pastor. 



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OLUME 11, NUMBER 12 



HOME MISSION NUMBER 



MARCH 19, 1949 





As the Editor Sees It 



By L. L. GRUBB 




A PAGAN AMERICAN CITY? YES! 

According to Dr. Kenneth D. Miller, president of the 
New York City Mission Society, the largest city in the 
United States is pagan. Usually paganism is associated 
with foreign countries, but it is beginning to make itself 
quite manifest in this nation. Among various neglected 
groups such as the Indians we have always had pagan- 
ism, even while parading the Christian character of 
our country. 

"At least 3,650,000 persons more than 14 years of age 
are not accounted for in the organized religious life of 
this city," says Dr. Miller. He cited that after deduct- 
ing children undei' 15 there were still 6,400,000 persons 
old enough to make a church commitment. Yet less 
than 1,500,000 of this group were claimed in Catholic 
statistics, while the Protestants claimed some 600,000 on 
their books and the Eastern Orthodox 50,000. He indi- 
cated that only 600,000 Jews have any active connection 
with a synagogue or temple. 

The popular conception that all negroes are religious 
Dr. Miller says is a "fallacy." Harlem has m a n ,v 
churches, but a recent survey showed that 40 per cent 
of the children in that area are receiving no religious 
instruction. 

These figures are amazing and staggering, and more, 
they are startling to those who seem unwilling to admit 
that America is consistently moving farther away from 
God. The facts cannot be denied and demand some 
careful consideration from God's faithful children. 

The National Fellowship of Brethren Churches has no 
church in the New York area. This fact is certainly a 
reflection on our vision and service. It should produce 
within us a new determination to do our share in reach- 
ing these people for Christ. 

F. B. I. MEN INTERESTED IN HOME MISSIONS 

They know better than many others the exact condi- 
tion of our nation morally. Recently another amazing 
set of statistics was released. 

Fifteen million sex magazines are read monthly b.v a 
third of the nation. 

There are more barmaids than college girls. 

There are three times as many criminals as colltge 
students. 

One million girls are infected with a social disease. 

One hundred thousand girls enter white slavery each 
year. 

One million babes are born in illegitimacy yearly. 

One in five marriages ends in divorce. 

There are 60 suicides every day. 

There is one murder every 40 minutes. 

There is one major crime every 22 seconds. 



One hundred thousand unapprehended murderers are 
walking the streets. 

Seventeen-year-olds represent the largest criminal 
group. 

Perhaps we are so besieged with statistics that our 
minds have been dulled to their real significance. But, 
to think seriously of these facts is to experience a deep 
dread that our nation may meet the same disastrous end 
experienced by others recently because they put God 
out of all their thoughts. 

Let the church awake and reclaim some of these 
human derelicts and win others to Christ before they 
become steeped in sin. 

ARE YOU A BRETHREN MINUTE-MAN? 

If not, we hope you will be very soon after reading 
this editorial! 

Brethren Minute-Men (including v/omen) are banded 
together to meet Home Mission emergencies in the 
Brethren Church. A promise to pray daily for Home 
Missions and a gift of one dollar to any Home Mission 
emergency project will give you membership. Interested 
folks who are not m.embers of the Brethren Church are 
welcome. 

AMERICA NEEDS THE GOSPEL! 

Our annual Home Mission offering does not nearly 
meet the challenges to establish Brethren churches and 
expand our home missionary work. Fiequently there 
are emergencies arising during the year which were not 
included in our budget, such as the present Indian 
mission project. These opportunities we must either 
immediately reject or make a special appeal to meet 
them. Our Minute-Men will help claim some of these 
precious opportunities for Christ with very little effort 
or sacrifice on the part of any. 

Most of us can spare a dollar three or four times a 
year and would rejoice in the knowledge that it is being 
used for the glory of Christ. Neither would we deduct it 
from our offering to the local church or any other Chris- 
tian enterprise or agency of the Brethren Church. If 
we are willing to meet this challenge there is a great 
and new potential available for the future growth of 
Home Missions. That means growth for every activity 
of our church! 

TO THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH 

Many Brethren young people are giving themselves 
for missionary service and our Foreign Board is deeply 
concerned for the coming Foreign Mission offering, as 
all of us are. The increased expenses in sending these 
new missionaries to the field, in pioneering a new woik 
in Brazil, and meeting all the incidental expenses of the 



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CHEYENNE, WYO., was in the center of the recent record-breaking snow storms, and our Brethren Home 
Mission church was almost snowbound, as seen in upper right and upper left. Lower left is a typical Chey- 
enne street near the church. Center (below) is the little room where the church held its first meetings, and 
lower right shows the chapel building being moved to its present location (center top row). 



foreign work will make necessary the most liberal offer- 
ing we have ever given. 

Easter is not far away and now we should be praying 
and starting to lay it aside systematically. In doing so 
we should also remember that during this past winter 
in certain parts of the nation many have suffered severe 
financial losses and may be limited in theii giving. This 
means that those of us who have not so suffered must 
step into the breach and make up that amount. 

One of the reasons for promoting Home Missions is 
that we might provide men and money to carry the 
Gospel to the ends of the earth. Thus the Brethren 
Church has two mighty missionary arms, both parts of 
one great missionary program. May we especially meet 
the great challenge of Foreign Missions at this Easter 
time. 



THE WONDER OF THE BOOK 

1. Its wonder in construction. 

2. Its wonder of unification. 

3. The wonder of its age. 

4. Its wonder in circulation. 

5. Its wonder in interest. 

6. Its wonder in withstanding perse«ution. 

7. Its wonder in creativeness. 

8. Its wonder in prophecy. 

9. Its wonder in its message. 

(Prof. Norvian Uphouse, Bryan- University) 



|^[)||fS Of Home Mission ^[£0$ 

Write the Home Mission Office for Further Information 

Albuquerqiie, N. Mex. — 

A small church for services. Crowds are increasing 
so that homes are too small. 

East Pasadena, Calif. — 

Pews in the church. 

A mimeograph machine. 

Cheyenne, Wyo. — 

Five Venetian blinds or shades for Sunday school 
rooms (approximately $25.00). 

Pulpit chairs, needed badly. 

Three dozen "Youth Sings" or similar youth song or 
chorus books. 

Toos, N. Mex.— 

200 hymn books — "Melodies Evangelecos" (60c each). 
Casa Bautista de Publicaciones 
Box 1648 
El Paso, Texas. 

Navaho Indian Mission — 

Portable organ needed badly for use in new mission 
station. 



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OUT WHERE THE WEST BEGINS— There's a growing Brethren Home Mission church in Cheyenne, Wyo., 
as these pictures indicate. Various classes are seen here, with Pastor Sam Horney and family in the upper 
right, their Sunday school bus in the upper left. 



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From Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Rev. Rubel V. Lucero) — 

We have seen a great growth in the spiritual Hves of 
new Chi-istians in Arroyo Hondo and many of the chil- 
dren in Cafion have been growing in grace. The interest 
in Bible classes and club here in Albuquerque by the 
children and people is most encouraging. 

From Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Rev. Russell M. Ward) — 

We pi-aise the Lord for very many answers to prayer 
in various things. Our people are responding to the 
challenge of visiting folk and speaking about the Lord. 
We praise the Lord, also, for the way in which He has 
supplied our needs, which has led us to trust Him for 
even greater things in the future. 

From Pasadena, Calif. (Rev. Leo Polman) — 

Already there have been three dime collectors turned 
in the first week for Foreign Missions and a check for 
SlOO. Our goal: to top the Home Mission offering, 
which amounted to over $1,300. 

Taos, N. Mex. (Mrs. Roberta Kliewer) — 

Praise the Lord that decisions have been made for the 
Lord every Sunday for two months. Also praise Him 
for the growth of new Christians, Louie Romero, Carlos 
and Lorein Mares, Joe and Mary Montoya especially. 
All these are helping in the work. 

Navaho Indian Mission (Miss Dorothy Dunbar) — 

Praise the Lord for providing a site for the Brethren 
Church among the Navahos, and for providing a part- 
time interpreter. 

From Alexandria, Va. (Rev. Burl A. Washburn) — 

The work is showing signs of growth for which we 
thank God. Last Sunday night we had a record attend- 
ance of 85. 

From Artesia, Calif. (Rev. Robert L. Dell)- — 

During our recent evangelistic meetings with Eddie 
Wagner, we had 54 decisions, of which 44 wei-e for sal- 
vation. We had good attendance at the meetings in 
spite of the bad weather and numerous colds. A week 
ago Sunday night a Roman Catholic girl took her stand 
for the Lord. 

From Clayhole, Ky. (Rev. Sewell Landrum) — 

For some time the boys at Clayhole have been asking 
for a boys club. They have been hearing about the 

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THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST 

1. It is a warning against worldliness (Matt. 16:26, 27). 

2. It is a warning against fleshly lust in which we may 
live (Col. 3:3-5). 

3. It is a warning against unholiness (I Thess. 5:23). 

4. It is a warning against careless living and slothful- 
ness (II Pet. 3:11-14). 

(W. A. Ogden Johnstown, Pa.) 

GOD'S WORD LIKE A RIVER 

1. Positive in its course. 

2. Purifying in its work. 

3. Providential in its existence. 

(Gleanings) 

FAITH 

1. Appreciation. 2. Aspiration. 

3. Appropriation. 4. AfiBrmation. 

5. Confirmation. 6. Application. 

7. Adoration. 

(Dr. Max I. Reich) 

RIVER CHRISTIANS 

1. Water comes down — new birth (John 3:5). 

2. Water springs up — worship (John 4: 14) . 

3. Water flows out — service (John 7:37-39). 

(Gleanings) 

SIX TEXTS BY WHICH ONE MAY KNOW HE IS A 
CHRISTIAN 

1. A proper faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (I John 
5:1; John 1:12). 

2. He delights in practicing righteousness (I John 2:29 
and 17). 

3. He hates sin. Does not practice sin. Cannot go on 
sinning (I John 3:9; 5:18). 

4. Loves the brethren (I John 3:14, 15). 

5. The Holy Spirit witnesses in his heart (I John 3:24; 
5:10). 

6. Overcomes the world (I John 5:4, 5). 

(Dr. Homer A. Kent, Winona Lake, Ind.) 

THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS 

1. There is no forgiveness without it (Heb. 9:^2). 

2. It satisfies the holy claims of God (Ex. 12:13). 

3. It makes atonement for the soul (Lev. 17: 11) . 

4. It redeems the believer (I Pet. 1:18, 19). 

5. It cleanses from all sin (I John 1:7). 

6. It justifies the believer (Rom. 5:9). 

7. It has made peace (Col. 1:20). 

8. It brings the believer nigh to God (Eph. 2:13). 

(Jenners, Pa., bulletin) 



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For CtfRisr! 



February 28, 191^9 



Dear Friend in Christ: 

Would you like to be a "Minute-Man" and win a pagan Ravaho Indian 
to ChriBt? Of course you would; How can you do it? Road this letter I 

God has given us a large plot of ground in one of the neediest 
sections of the Navaho reservation about 68 miles southeast of Farming- 
ton, New Mexico. This is an outright gift from Mr. Lind Taft, the trader 
in this Navaho community which is called Counselors. It is a wonderful 
and clear answer to our prayers! 

But, in order to take advantage of this offer we must place a 
building on these lots immediately in the spring for our Navaho mission 
and school work. Otherwise the ground goes back to the original owner. 

How much will it cost? About $5,0001 A Christian builder with a 
burden for the souls of the Navahos has offered to construct a building 
30 X 4o feet with a full basement at this amazingly low figure. This 
means that he is putting a generous amount of funds into the project 
himself, even though not a member of the Brethern Church. Such a building 
will meet every present housing need of our Indian mission. 

Here is how you can help! Just send us your gift of $1 today I 

You will never miss that dollar and yet you will be helping to 
evangelize our own American Indians who are plunged in the darkest 
paganism and sin. As the early Minute-Men charged the enemy and de- 
feated them let us charge and defeat the adversary of our souls in 
the Savior's name I 



Please don't lay this matter aside, but do it at once, 
forget, and may God bless you for it. 



lest you 



Yours for more Navaho souls, 




P. S. Dorothy Dunbar, our missionary to the Navaho8-> has (contributed 
the first gift for this building. 



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IS THIS A GOOD INVESTMENT? 



By BRUCE L. BUTTON 



What return may be expected from this investment? 
What result may be expected from such a work as this? 
These and a hundred similar questions race through the 
mind as daily one travels through life. The majority of 
our time is spent in dealing in the material world and 
much of our time is spent in striving for gain and ad- 
vancement in the world. This material world so en- 
compasses us that even the spiritual is thought of in a 
material way. The Bible reveals God to us in this 
inanner. God's power is His "arm," God's judgment is 
a "flood." His fullest revelation is His Son and that in 
the likeness of flesh. And it is well that this is so for 
otherwise we could not visualize the things pertaining 
to God. 

Therefore, as the new Jewish work is started it is not 
presumptuous to ask, "What results may be expected 
from such an investment of the effort of the Lord's 
people and the Lord's money?" The Prophet Isaiah, 
looking into the future, foresaw what would happen 
when Israel, as a nation, believed on the Lord. An 
application of that prophecy might well be made to 
answer the question that has been proposed. In the 
twelfth chapter of the book of Isaiah the prophet sees 
the believing Jew manifesting his devotion to God in 
two ways. This Jew first thanks Jehovah for three 
things. He thanks Jehovah for His past anger, for His 
present salvation, and for His future concern. Jehovah 
in the past has been angered at the Jews' waywardness, 
but now since he has realized what the salvation of ttie 
Lord really is, Jehovah's anger has been turned away 
and is no longer directed at him. Now Jehovah only 
has compassion for him and He comforts him. This 
present salvation that Jehovah has given him is now a 
high tower of protection. He need never fear, for that 
high tower will last forever because the eternal Jehovah 
was its founder. The well of salvation, with its satisfy- 
ing, life-giving waters, will never go dry. The saved 
Jew shall always draw from that well. 

Yes, the saved Jew might well thank Jehovah for 
such salvation. But is thanks enough? No, not nearly, 
for Isaiah says that there will be praise for Jehovah. 
That saved Jew will praise Jehovah, for as a herald he 
will proclaim His name. Yes, he will tell of His won- 
derful deed. He will speak of the work on the cross. 
He will tell of Jehovah's exalted name and he will tell 
of these truths among all the people. Not only that, but 
he will sing unto Jehovah and shout with joy, for great 
will be the Holy One, Jesus, in the midst of the believ- 
ing Jew. 

This will be the return from the investment that we 
make. This is what may be expected from the saved 
Jew. He will not be just a saved Jewish soul for Jesus 
but he will also be one who will be willing to speak of 
the greatness of God's grace. Down through the years 
the Christian Jew has done much for the cause of 



Christ. He has written learned books, he has searched 
the ancient records to give us new light, he has 
preached, as no other person can preach, the unsearch- 
able riches of Chi'ist. He has done much to bring a 
knowledge of Jesus to the unsaved. Thus today, as one 
leads the Jew to Christ, he may expect great and won- 
derful things to come from their salvation. He may 
expect a great return from his investment. 



Secret Believers in Palestine 

Abram Poljak, a Hebrew Christian refugee from 
Germany, tells of visiting Palestine some time ago and 
discovering there a Christian organization known as 
"Nicodemus Jews." According to Prophecy Monthly, 
it is an organization of secret believers who carry on in 
the form of lodges. Mr. Poljak gained the confidence 
of a prominent Jewish business man in Tel Aviv who 
revealed the fact that he was the secretary of the Tel 
Aviv group. This secretary said, "Our adherents are 
in every town and in the colonies." Most of them are 
refugees. 

"We have families," he said. "Who will keep them? 
When we can earn our bread in safety, then we mean to 
openly confess our faith in our Messiah. It is not good 
for us to hide, but what else can we do? We are like 
the first Jewish Christians 2,000 years ago. They, too, 
were secret believers." 

"Do you try to enlist others?" Mr. Poljak asked. "Of 
course, though not through public meetings," was the 
answer. "All of us are obliged to look for kindred souls 
among our friends. If we believe that someone loves 
Jesus, we talk to him until we are sure it is safe to speak 
to him more openly." Mr. Poljak found other Nicode- 
iTius Jews among officials of the law courts and even the 
police in Jerusalem. Some were doctors and artists, 
and one was a professor at the Hebrew University. — 
Israel's Hope. 



Europe's Jews 

"What about Europe's Jews? What about the thou- 
sands of Hebrew Christians? That there are still Jews 
in Europe, is a known fact. At the end of 1939, there 
were 9,500,000 Jews in Europe; 3,500,000 survived Hit- 
lerism. Jacob Lestchinsky, in his 'Balance Sheet of 
Extermination,' says, 'One-third of Europe's Jews sur- 
vived, but the roots which nourished the main body of 
European Jewry are dead. . . . There are practically no 
Jewish children left in Europe up to the age of ton. 
For the overwhelming majority of the surviving three 
and a half million, Europe has become a vast terror- 
haunted cemetery.' " — Rev. A. J. Kligerman, Hebrew 
Christian Alliance Quarterly. 



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TIHE €IPIEN ID€€IC 

By MISS DOROTHY DUNBAR 



There had been a meeting on that day at that time 
every week for more than two years but the road was 
so icy and it was snowing so much we were sure no 
one would be there. If one meeting is missed the 
Navahos decide you don't care anything about them and 
it may take three months to gain back the loss of attend- 
ance and confidence because you missed one meeting. 
The interpreter and I prayed all the way for a safe 
journey and the Lord was good to us and cared for us. 

We waded through two feet of snow to the liogan 
which is used for a meeting place. The lock was so cold 
the key would not turn, so I held the cold lock in my 
hands until we could unlock it and get inside. There 
were little piles of snow on the dirt floor and benches, 
and the temperature was below freezing. Even the 
wood pile was covered with snow. We tried to build a 
fire and after pulling bark from the logs in the top of 
the hogan to use as kindling we finally had a little fire. 
An hour passed; no one came, so we decided to start 
back home. It took an hour to get the car back the 50 
feet we had come off the highway and we arrived home 
much later than we had expected. 

The next week it was a repetition of the same thing 
with the exception that the road was better. No one 
came, but the next week made up for the times that we 
considered loss. Even though it was snowing and cold, 
14 people came to the meeting because they had heard 
that we had been there when the weather was so bad. 
It had been much too cold for them to make the trip in 
their wagons and then find no one there, but now they 
were sure that we would be there and they would come 
in and find the hogan as warm as we could make it with 
the wind and snow coming in through the cracks. Land 
has been given to the Brethren Church where we can 
have a permanent place to work and give the Gospel to 
the Navaho Indians, where we can have a more com- 
fortable place to gather while they listen to the message 
we have for them. 

We have prayed for this very thing since the work 
among the Navahos was started. God has wondrously 
answered our prayers and led us to this place and time. 
and as we look into the future of our work among +he 
Navahos we see the immediate need of a building on 
this land, a place where we will be available to help at 
all times and to give out the Gospel, not just once a 
week but every time a visit is made to the mission sta- 
tion, a place to live among them and serve when they 
have need and where they will be sure we will be there 
■when they come in for meetings. 

Little has been done for the Navahos in this section 
and they feel neglected. About three years ago one of 
the missions went out once every two weeks to hold a 
meeting in an efTort to reach these people with the 
Gospel. Later they made the 140-mile trip each week 
and realized that even this was not adequate to meet 
the need. Lack of funds and personnel has kept them 



from progressing to meet the need. Because they real- 
ize the need and know they cannot meet it, they have 
given this work to the Brethren Church. God has an- 
swered our prayers for a location and I am sure He will 
meet our need for a building. Pray with us that suffi- 
cient funds will be available by the time the weather 
will permit work. 

How much more we will be able to do for the Lord 
among the Navahos at Counselors, N. Mex., when we 
have a suitable building in which to work and be there 
at all times to meet the needs as they arise, a place to 
hold a meeting and tell those who have never heard the 
way of salvation how Christ died for them, a place for 
the women to come and sew. If you could see the 
"rags" some of them wear you would realize anew this 
need. We need a place where the young people can 
gather for fun and fellowship rather than attending the 
heathen ceremonies and dances, where we can show the 
Navahos that we have the love for them that we talk 
about. There are no Christians in this part of the coun- 
try or section of the Navaho people. We cannot let 
them continue in their heathen way without having 
heard the way of salvation through the blood of Christ 
and making known the unsearchable riches of our won- 
derful Lord. The Lord has opened this door of blessing 
and responsibility to the Brethren Church and will you. 
as a member, pray that God will supply this great need, 
and then give as He leads? 



FROM H. M. FIELDS TO H. M. FRIENDS 

(Continued jro^n Page 197 ) 

new organization in the Brethren Church. The Friday 
following Thanksgiving 22 boys gathered in our living 
room for the first meeting. They were all pepped up 
and ready for action. I explained to them the best I 
could how our club should be run and the project we 
would be supporting this year. The poster vidth Al 
Kliewer standing by the plane sold the project to the 
boys at once. That night they set their goal at not 
less than $25.00. At the time we were planning. Brother 
Kliewer had already met with that fatal accident. At 
the second meeting we discussed the accident and our 
responsibility in paying for the plane. When the offer- 
ing was taken I think the boys almost turned their 
pockets inside out and gave all they had. The offering 
was $7.00. The last of January we met again with 28 
boys present. We elected officers to serve during the 
year. In this club we are reaching boys whom we have 
not been able to reach in any other way. 

Our attendance at Sunday school is good. Also our 
offering the past two Sundays was good. The two offer- 
ings were $10.01 and $11.07 besides the church offering. 
Last Sunday evening there were 110 young people at 
the evening service. 



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We are happy to learn that Rev. 
Roy E. Kreimes has recovered from 
his long illness so that he is again 
able to undertake the work of the 
pastorate. Brother Kreimes is prais- 
ing the Lord for healing, and wishes 
to thank the many Brethren who re- 
membered him in prayer. Any 
church wishing to contact him should 
address him at 1254 Creighton Ave.. 
Dayton 10, Ohio. 

Rev. Edward Bowlen is available 
for pulpit supply in southern Cali- 
fornia during the spring and sum- 
mer. He is also available for a pas- 
torate, not necessarily in southern 
California. Intei-ested churches 
should contact him at 2223 Duvall 
St., Los Angeles 31. Calif., or tele- 
phone Capital 6549. Brother Bow- 
len is a member of the Glendale 
church. 

Rev. and Mrs. Arthur Nickel have 
been appointed Child Evangelism 
superintendents for the British Isles. 

Rev. Burl A. Washburn's address 
is 7 E. Linden St.. Alexandria. Va. 
Brother Washburn is pastor of the 
Alexandria church. 

The address of R.ev. Virgil Sorge. 
pastor of the Clearbrook church, is 
2510 Denniston Ave. S. W.. Roanoke. 
Va. 

Results of the Ashman meeting.? 
in New Troy, Mich., include 42 con- 
fessions, of which 16 were first-time 
decisions. On the closing day of the 
meetings there were 142 present in 
Bible school, 160 at the morning 
service, and 125 in the evening. 




EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor and Business IVIanager. . .Miles Taber 
Box 88. Winona Lalce. Ind. 

Foreign Missions Louis S. Bauman 

3712 Carpenter St. S.E.. Washington 20. D.C. 

W. M. C Mrs. Edward Bowman 

512 Central Ave.. Seal Beach. Calif. 

S. M. M Miss Ruth Ringler 

R. F. D. 4. Box 210. Johnstown. Pa 

Home Missions Luther L. Grubb 

Box 395, Winona Lake. Ind. 

Grace Seminary Homer A. Kent 

Winona Lake, Ind. 

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS 

Bible Interpretation Charles W. Ma.ves 

Evangelism R. Paul Miller 

Youth Ralph Colburn 

Sunday School C. S. Zimmerman 

Laymen O, E. Hacker 

Parsonage Doings Mrs. Robert Miller 



TJie new address of Rev. Burton 
Hatch, assistant pastor of the First 
Church, Long Beach, Calif., is 1917 
E. Third St., Long Beach 12, Calif. 

The church in Mansfield, Ohio, is 
ordering additional pews to take 
care of the increasing crowds. The 
Home Mission offering amounted to 
Si, 200. Recent speakers at the 
church _ were Dr. Paul R. Bauman 
and Rev. Luther L. Grubb. 

Cajnp Indisinewa (Central District 
summer camp) dates are as follows: 
Intermediates. June 27 through July 
2: Seniors. July 3-9. 

Seven decisions by adults were 
made at the regular morning service 
at Fort Wayne, Ind., Feb. 27, four of 
them being first-time. 

Miss Louise Kimmel. Child Evan- 
gelism director for Fort Wayne, has 
moved to 148^,2 E. Leith St. In Jan- 
uary there were 43 classes under her 
direction, reaching 1,294 children. 
^vith an average attendance of 495. 
and there were 39 decisions. 

Recently Rev. George Peek, pas- 
tor of the Second Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., preached on "The 
Truth About Baptism," and 18 per- 
sons were baptized at the close of the 
service. Attendance has been in- 
creasing at the Sunday services, and 
about 80 have been attending the 
prayer meeting. The church audi- 
torium is being enlarged, and the 
church is being painted inside and 
out, and additional shrubbery is 
being planted. 

In the last few months 25 new 
members have been added to the 
Pike Brethren Church, Mundy's 
Corner. Pa., 22 of them by confession 
of faith and baptism. New p e w s 
have been purchased for the audi- 
torium, and a new 48-passenger bus 
was bought for the Sunday school, 
and these improvements have been 
paid for. Rev, Clair Gartland, the 
pastor, has been called unanimously 
for the fifth time. 

Rev. R. D. Barnard has recovered 
from his recent illness, and he and 
Mrs. Barnard and Dorcas left Wi- 
nona Lake, en route to California, 
March 7. 

Rev. Milton Doivden, Grace Sem- 
inary student who has been seriously 
11, has been discharged from the 
hospital and is home again, rapidly 
recovering his strength. 

After April 1, Rev. Arnold R. 
Kriegbaum's address will be 1570 
42nd St. N. E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 



There were 67 present at a recent 
communion service at Bellflower. 
Calif. 

The contractors have finished their 
work on the church building at Fre- 
mont, Ohio. The work that remains 
to be done is being donated by the 
men of the church. 

Recent speakers at the Fillmore, 
Calif., church include Rev. Allen 
Fast. Rev. Ralph Colburn. and Rev. 
Clarence Sickel. 

The Bell, Calif., church has had a 
number of outside speakers lately, 
including Dr. E 1 i a s White. Rev. 
Claude Pearson, Rev. Chauncey 
Sheldon, Rev. Clarence Sickel, and 
the Men's Magnify Club of Long 
Beach. One church bulletin lists 
the names of eight new members. 

Attendance at Troy, Ohio, Feb. 27, 
was the largest in the history of the 
work. There were 79 in Bible school. 
75 at the morning service, 24 at 
B. Y. F.. and 55 at the evening 
service. 

The church at Buena Vista, Va., 
has increased their pastor's salary 
$10 per week, and they have decided 
to build a parsonage. Rev. Bernard 
Schneider held evangelistic meetings 
there, Feb. 28 to March 13. 

Bible school attendance at Jenners. 
Pa., reached 104 on Feb. 27, and 
there were 86 present at the evening 
service. 

The Missionary Herald Company's 
semi-annual financial report shows 
that the sales of books. Bibles, etc., 
amounted to more than $17,000 dur- 
ing the six-month period, which is 
approximately equal to the sales for 
the entire year last year (which was 
a new record at that time) . Total 
income and sales totaled $38,019.46. 
Sales of Sunday school literature and 
Herald circulation also increased 
over any previous period. Such 
loyal support on the part of our peo- 
ple is deeply appreciated. But even 
these figures can be exceeded if 
everyone will send the Herald to his 
friends, and "buy Brethren. " 

Rev. Dilwyn B. Stiidehaker and 
his family expected to sail March 18 
for India, arriving about April 26, 
There he will teach in a native Bible 
school and academy. His address 
will be: A. M. B. Mission. Shamsha- 
bad, Hyderabad, Deccan, India. 

The church at Listie, Pa., has de- 
cided to become 100 per cent in Her- 
ald subscriptions. The church fin- 
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How to Understand and Enjoy 

THE WORD OF GOD 




THE PRICE OF KNOWING THE BOOK 



By DR. CHARLES W. MAYES 



True enjoyment of the Word of 
God involves three attitudes in the 
Christian life. In the first place, one 
must believe the Word of God with 
a Spirit-born faith in the Scriptuies 
as inspired of God originally, and 
preserved for us in providential 
translations. 

In the second place, he must know 
the Word of God sufficiently to find 
an answer not only as to God's rev- 
elation of Himself, but His purpose 
for the universe and the individual. 

In the third place, he must have 
a heart devotiori, sufficient to kindle 
• in his life a desire to seal his faith 
with obedience. Thus faith, knowl- 
edge, and obedience will bring about 
an overshadowing joy and peace for 
a believer in spite of all of his han- 
dicaps and backsets. 

In our generation we are facing 
the result of a long period of steady 
departure from the revelation of 
God. Our modern social life and 
our modern educational systems 
have done two things: 

In the first place, they have ig- 
nored the grace of God and His 
Word. 

In the second place, they have 
established counter claims upon hu- 
man life. 

We may see this illustrated in the 
social world when we face the com- 
mon question as to how people use 
their time. A thorough knowledge 
of the Word of God will indicate 
that when properly understood God 
provides every need of the Christian 
life. He does this socially, as well 
as in any other realm. Christian 
leaders have fallen victims to a 
present - day anti - Christian view- 
point that Christian young people, 
or older ones, need a certain amount 
of the pleasures of the world in or- 
der to satisfy the hungering heart. 
Upon this false notion churches have 
gone into the entertainment busi- 
ness, elaborate athletic programs, 
even using the dance (properly su- 
pervised, of course, they say) to in- 
terest young people in religion. 



Every true believer should know 
that since only the Gospel can save 
a soul in the first place, likewise 
only the Gospel can hold that soul 
after he is saved. In spite of all the 
good intentions of people who be- 
lieve to the contrary, various groups 
in various parts of the country offer 
continual proof that the Gospel is 
sufficient to hold young people of 
all ages. 

Again, in t h t educational field 
there has been an appalling depar- 
ture from God's revelation which 
not only ignores the Word of God, 
but sets up a viewpoint diametrically 
opposed to the Bible. 

In a textbook used in many schools 
in our day, much is said about how 
"for thousands of years men have 
been thinking, discovering, and in- 
venting." During these thousands of 
years the book goes on to tell that 
men have "learned how to make 
fire, and to use metals for making 
tools." The book adds, "Perhaps v,-e 
may never find out just where the 
first men lived or what they were 
like. But we can pay a visit to some 
people who lived in a certain valley 
about 8,000 years ago ... a place 
where men slowly began to learn 
better ways to live." 

During the last generation, wel!- 
meaning leaders have tried to think 
that our boys and girls could pack 
their minds with this and multifari- 
ous other ramifications of the evolu- 



SAYS DR. OSWALD J. SMITH— 

"The most tragic picture imagin- 
able is that of a small church, at- 
tended by the same little group Sun- 
day after Sunday, perfectly satis- 
fied, emphasizing their own peculiar 
doctrines, and making no effort to 
reach the Christless masses surging 
around on every side. Sinners but 
seldom attend, new faces are hardly 
ever seen. They are satisfied to go 
to heaven themselves while millions 
are perishing. Oh, how far from the 
vision of the Master!" 



tionary theory for five days a week 
and then on Sunday correct those 
impressions. Those who have keen- 
ly analyzed the situation have now 
discovered that education is not the 
mere accumulation of facts or the- 
ories. Education is behavior from 
beginning to end. Thus every por- 
tion of our education should be in 
perfect harmony with the Word of 
God — if we believe the Word of God. 

This brings us to the conclusion 
which is now old in the thinking of 
many Christian leaders across our 
nation. We need Christian day 
schools. Every believer should 
thank God for the devoted Christian 
school teachers who labor in oar 
public schools today, but of course 
we are aware that the number of 
public school teachers who have a 
thorough-going Christian viewpoint 
is so small that its effect upon the 
world in general is almost negligible. 
We do not advocate that these Chris- 
tian school teachers should leave the 
public schools. In fact, we believe 
that God's people should be inter- 
ested in the teaching profession and 
use all the influence within our 
power to produce a Christian testi- 
mony and emphasis wherever it is 
possible. However, from the stand- 
point of producing strong and thor- 
oughly trained boys and girls, the 
place to begin is not in the college or 
the seminary, but in the first gi'ade. 

Most Christian peoole have failed 
to see that Christian consistency de- 
mands that all education should be 
Christian. For believers, there is 
little distinction between the sacred 
and the secular. There is such a 
thing as Christian History, Christian 
Geography, Christian Mathematics. 
Christian Chemistry, Christian Phy- 
ics, and proven science which is in 
harmony with Christian truth. 

You will rejoice in the Word of 
God when it fills the spaces in every 
compartment of the Christian life. 
Filled with the Word there is certain 
to be a living faith, God's answer to 
our problems, and a devotion which 
brings obedience. 



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THEY'LL HELP YOU, TOO! 

I was looking back on my life the 
other day, and thinking about things 
that helped me when I was a young 
Chi'istian, passing through my teens. 
Now, as I think of them, I'm very 
thankful for them. Then, probably. 
I took them for granted. But I know 
they've played a large part in my 
Christian development. Want to 
know what they were? 

Carrying my Bible was one. Right 
after I was saved, I signed a cove- 
nant card of the Pocket Testament 
League in which I promised to carry 
a New Testament or Bible with me 
wherever I went. I kept that pledge 
faithfully, and there were many 
times I was thankful that I formed 
that habit. I've worn out two Tes- 
taments and a Bible carrying them 
and using them in this way, but I'm 
thankful to God for the influence the 
Bible has had on my life, and on the 
lives of others. 

Tithing was another. I learned to 
tithe right after I was saved, as a 
boy of 12. I didn't have much to 
tithe then, but God blessed me for 
honoring Hiin in that way. I stopped 
the habit once, and the Lord spanked 
me for it. I've learned that the nine- 
tenths goes farther after you've 
given God at least the first tenth of 
all your income. And I've also 
learned that it's easier to start when 
you're young than to wait until you 
have a regular job. 

Memorizing Scripture was an- 
other. I did some of this in Sunday 
school right along, and once earned 
a Bible for memorizing 125 verses. 
But it was not until I came under 
the influence of Dawson Trotman. of 
the Navigators, that I became sys- 
tematic about this. Then I began 
learning verses, and reviewing them 
until I really had them. I know of 
no habit that has done more for me, 
both in my life and my service, than 
this one. I strongly recommend it 
to you. 

Participating in a campus Bible 
club was another. I didn't see the 
need of this at first, because I was 



so busy with my own church activ- 
ities. Sunday school, church, Chris- 
tian Endeavor, prayer meeting, and 
other church activities seemed 
plenty. But finally I got into a 
campus Bible club. And I'm glad I 
did, because in it I met other Chris- 
tians of other churches, and in it I 
was pushed into greater opportuni- 
ties for personal testimony than I 
would have had otherwise. It gave 
me a larger outlook on Christian 
service that has been valuable to me. 

Reading my Bible thicugh was 
still another. In my early teens I 
covenanted to read the Bible through 
in a year. And I repeated that cov- 
enant several times since. I even 
read all the "begats" in I Chronicles. 
I didn't understand it all, or appre- 
ciate it all, but I waded through. 
And it did give me a love for the 
Lord, a fear and hatred for sin, and 
a knowledge of the Word that I 
value tremendously. 

Oh, there were other things, too. 
I didn't mention the family altar, or 
going to Sunday school and church, 
because I was fortunate in having 
the kind of parents that would have 
seen to it that I had these things 
whether I wanted them or not! Bui 
I mention only soine of the things 
that I chose for myself. And I'll 
recommend them to you, as well. 
They helped me, and they'll help 
vou, too. 



NEWS NOTES 

The first hoys group to have com- 
pleted their goal on the boys club 
project, to our knowledge, is the 
group at the East Pasadena Breth- 
ren Church, of which Leo Polman is 
pastor. A small, new church, wHh 
no boys club as yet, but one forming, 
nevertheless they set a goal of Sl5 
toward the national project. Buddy 
Hughot, one of the boys, made and 
decorated a big bank, and saw that 
folk didn't forget the bank or the 
project it represented. So when 
the youth director was there Janu- 
ary 30, Buddy presented to him the 
bank — containing $15.60. Congratu- 
lations, East Pasadena boys, for a 



good job well done! (Other boys 
groups, "go thou and do likewise!") 

Several California churches are 
organizing local chapters of their 
Brethren Student Life Volunteers. 
The first to do this was the First 
Brethren Church of Los Angeles, 
and their group may number about 
30. Windsor Vick is president of the 
group. Other groups forming ,ire 
First Brethren of Long Beach, with 
an organizational meeting February 
26, Compton First Brethren, South 
Pasadena Brethren, and others. If 
your church has three or more B. S. 
L. V.'s, why not organize and pro- 
mote some activities for them? 

Banqiiets (and I love them!) have, 
been among the activities in the Cal- 
ifornia churches in connection with 
the youth director's visits. An in- 
stallation banquet for all C. E. of- 
ficers at First Los Angeles was held 
by candlelight with over a hundred 
in attendance, February 4. "Mr 
Covenant" was the theme. A Val- 
entine theme, and beautiful appro- 
priate decorations helped provide a 
successful evening for over 50 young 
people at So7ith Pasadena, Feb. 11. 
A similar number enoyed a ham 
banquet at Second Los Angeles, Feb- 
ruary 18. "Christ for Life" was the 
theme. 



A FENCE OR A HOSPITAL? 

Albert E. Aldrich says, "When I 
spoke to 800 students in a state uni- 
versity I was informed that the Bible 
should n o t be mentioned in the 
school. The same afternoon I was 
invited to talk to about 800 men in 
the state penitentiary, and the war- 
den asked me to give them the Bible 
truth." 

One State has passed a law for- 
bidding the Bible to be read in the 
schools, and the same State passed 
another law making it mandatory 
that a Bible be placed in every 
prison cell. What reasoning! A 
fence at the top of the precipice is 
much better than a hospital at the 
foot of the hill. — Lockland Baptist 
Witness. 



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BRETHREN OF TODAY 

Biographical Sketches of Our Leaders 




Archie Lynn no longer has a mo- 
nopoly on the southern drawl in the 
Brethren ministry since this son of 
Dixie came along. Born in Alabama 
and reared in Texas, Rev. Norville 
Rich came into the Brethren Church 
by way of Kansas, Arkansas, and 
California. 

Bom in Larkin Forks, Ala., Aug. 
8, 1899, Brother Rich was born again 
25 years later in Fort Worth, Tex. 
He was reared by godly parents on 
a farm, but did not receive Christ as 
Saviour until his 25th year, when he 
was attending a regular service in a 
Methodist church in Fort Worth. 

Brother Rich's preparation for the 
ministry was not the usual proce- 
dure. He entered military service 
at the age of 18. Followmg this he 
took training at various institutions 
in electrical engineering, business, 
and telegraphy. He specialized in 
mechanical and welding engineering, 
which was his vocation until he was 



NORVILLE J. RICH, SR. 

called into the ministry. After that 
call, he took one year at the Bible 
Institute of Los Angeles, and then 
went to Grace Seminary, where he 
graduated in 1947. 




REV. NORVILLE RICH 

His call to the ministry came 
about a month after he was baptized 
by Dr. L. S. Bauman and received 
into the membership of the First 
Brethi-en Church, Long Beach, Calif. 



The call came in February 1939 dur- 
ing the Bob M u n r o evangelistic 
meetings. Brother Rich says he felt 
burdened for the lost, and felt called 
to go and preach the Gospel. 

His first pastorate was at Seal 
Beach, Calif., 1942-44. During his 
seminary days he was pastor of the 
chui'ch in Sidney, Ind., where he was 
ordained, Nov. 17, 1946. For eight 
months after seminary graduation he 
was pastor of the church in East 
Pasadena, Calif., and then accepted 
a call to San Diego, where he is still 
pastor. 

His wife, Mrs. Grace A. Rich, came 
from Gibsonburg, Ohio. She is ac- 
tive in the work of the church as a 
Bible school teacher and caretaker 
of the nursery. They have two sons, 
Norville J., Jr., 14, and WiUiam 
David, 7. 

Brother Rich is 5 feet, 9 inches 
tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has 
grey eyes and dark brown hair. 



■;- NEWS FROM BRETHREN HERE AND THERE -: 



HARRAH, WASH. 

On January 24th, Bro. R. Paul 
Miller came to the Harrah church to 
hold a two-weeks meeting. He gave 
powerful, heart-searching messages. 
We observed one day of fasting and 
prayer, and the Lord blessed in a 
mighty way. 

There were 30 first-time decisions 
and 42 rededications. Eleven have 
been baptized and more await bap- 
tism. 

Before leaving. Brother Miller or- 
ganized a group to be intercessors 
and soul-winners to carry on the 
work that the Lord so marvelously 
started in these meetings. 

We are looking forward to the re- 
turn of Brother Miller this fall for 
more meetings, the Lord willing. — ■ 
Mrs. Julius Sonimers, Sec. 



YAKIMA, WASH. 

Yakima is a city of about 50,000 
population. It is growing very fast. 



as are practically all Northwest 
cities. The additional residential 
sections that have been, and are, 
being built up now have practically 
no churches in them. Zoning re- 
strictions are largely to blame. How- 
ever, by God's favor, one section has 
been entered by Grace First Breth- 
ren congregation. The surrounding 
residential section has endless pros- 
pects for Christ. The building could 
hardly have been erected in a more 
favorable spot. 

But just erecting a nice building in 
a field unreached by the Gospel does 
not produce a congregation of Spirit- 
filled believers. It takes a lot of 
prayer, together with a lot of hard 
work in soulwinning, to fill up the 
church. Folks, unsaved people just 
don't rush into a nice church build- 
ing just because it is erected near 
where they live. 

This is what the members of the 
new congregation of Brethren in 
Yakima have learned. They have 



learned that only through heartache, 
agonizing prayer, tireless soul-win- 
ning, and faithfulness personally to 
the services of the church can souls 
be won to Christ even though there 
is a beautiful new building, attrac- 
tive services, and no bad past to live 
down, as exists in so many places. 

But we believe that all these 
things have been definitely learned 
. by this new congregation. They 
have a veteran pastor when it comes 
to gathering together a new group 
such as this, and we fully believe 
that they are now ready to go ahead 
and steadily build a work for Christ. 

The group in the church is not 
large. There were about 35 when 
the meeting began. Sickness struck 
down about half of the congregation 
the first week of the meeting.. Some 
of them were still sick when the 
meeting closed. But a tremendous 
lot of work was done during the 
meetings, hundreds were definitely 
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J€NAIH ANID TIHIE WIHAILIE 



By REV. R. I. HUMBERD, Flora, Ind. 



"The Lord had prepared a great 
fish to swallow up Jonah" (Jonah 
1:17). Oft do men scoff at the story 
of Jonah and the whale; oft do they 
stumble at the Scriptural account, 
and do not realize that the miracle 
of a man in the belly of a great fish 
pales into insignificance at the tre- 
mendous miracle of a city on its face 
before God. 

In all the annals of human history 
has there ever been an event so rare ? 
In all the pages of Holy Writ is 
there recorded a miracle so great as 
a city in repentance, and that re- 
pentance so real that it stayed the 
judgment hand of God? 

A Great City 

Nineveh was a "great city." a city 
of half a million souls, with "six- 
score thousand" children so small 
they could not "discern between 
their right hand and their left" (Jo- 
nah 4:11), and yet at the preaching 
of a lone Jew they "put on sackcloth, 
from the greatest of them even to 
the least of them" (Jonah 3:5). 

Men may marvel at a fish that 
could compass a man, but we stand 
dumb with amazement as a king and 
all his subjects turn to God, until 
we learn why it was that God "had 
prepared a great fish." 

God Knoios Hearts 

God knows hearts, and He knows 
what will unlock hearts. The city 
of Sychar lay content in its iniquity 
and sin. But the key to that city 
was a woman. Convert that womtin 
and the city would be unlocked for 
the preaching of the Gospel. And 
so it was that our Lord "must needs 
go through Samaria" (John 4:4). 

The key to Nineveh was a fish. 
Unlock Nineveh with a fish and the 
whole city could be led to repent- 
ance. And so it was that God "pre- 
pared a great fish." 

God's Submarine 

God prepared that fish. Two cen- 
turies before, a small egg may have 
wafted gently to the ocean floor, A 
tiny minnow may have wiggled out. 
God placed a jealous eye upon that 
small fish. He fed it and protected 



it until it became a great fish. Or 
He may have spoken the word and 
the fish came into existence. At any 
rate, God prepared it and had it in 
the right position at the exact mo- 
ment. 

God could have equipped His sub- 
marine with a feather bed, a bath- 
tub with hot and cold running 
water, an electric range, and with an 
icebox full of strawberries and round 
steak — but He didn't. But God pre- 
pared that fish not alone for Jonah, 
but for every man in Nineveh. 

Presenting the Credentials 

Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites. 
When men come from foreign shores 
to represent their government at the 
capital of our nation, they present 
their credentials and prove their 
identity. Oft did the Jews require 
a sign from our Lord to prove His 
claims. But Jonah "was a sign unto 
the Ninevites" (Luke 11:30). His 
credentials were so acceptable, and 
his identity as a messenger from God 
so well established, that when he ar- 
rived the whole city received his 
message with open arms. 

Was there ever an event so impos- 
sible as the repentance of a whole 
city? Would any sinall town of our 
day call a halt to business at the 
preaching of a lone Je\v? Such an 
event is without parallel and a mn-- 
acle beyond all comparison to that 
of a mere fish large enough to swal- 
low a man. But why did five hun- 
dred thousand souls turn from their 
evil way? Was it because of the 
greatness of the preacher? 

A Great Preacher? 

No, for a greater than Jonah once 
trod this earth, but our Lord was 
driven from town to town. Once 
Paul traveled through the world, 
and preached in its towns and cities, 
, but never was he given such a re- 
ception as this. Rather did they 
stone him, beat him. and drive him 
away. 

But here was Jonah, a mere lone 
Jew, treading the streets of a hea- 
then city, and with a most unwel- 
come message of judgment. And 



yet a whole city falls to its knees. 
We stand dumb with amazement — 
until we learn why God "prepared 
a great fish." 

The God Dagon 

Nineveh worshipped Dagon, a 
part-fish, part-man God. They be- 
lieved that he lived in the sea and 
sent a messenger from time to time 
to direct their paths. 

Once the great fish moved quietly 
through the eternal calm of his deep 
domain. A great storm raged on the 
surface, but he was unmoved. An 
object is wafted downward. He 
opens his mouth and a great bag of 
wheat goes to rest in his stomach. 
Another and another come floating 
down, as the men above "cast forth 
the wares" out of the ship, and throw 
out the wheat (Jonah 1:5; Acts 27: 
38). Thus it was only natural for 
the great fish to open his mouth 
again and take God's prophet on 
board. 

Three Days Later 

Three days later, some men along 
the shore may have seen the tail of 
a great fish lashing the waves into a 
foam; they saw it throw something 
on the shore and disappear again 
into deep water. 

Their surprise would know no 
bounds when the object would be- 
gin to move; to stand up and ask for 
Nineveh. Verily, the men would set 
out for Nineveh at top speed, and 
when Jonah arrived, he found a half 
million souls prepared to receive his 
message. 

At the Judgment 

The men of Nineveh were looking 
for a messenger from God out of the 
sea. He came and they accepted 
him. The men of Israel were look- 
ing for a messenger from God out 
of Bethlehem. He came and they 
rejected Him. Verily, "The men of 
Nineveh shall rise up in the judg- 
ment with this generation, and shall 
condemn it: for they repented at 
the preaching of Jonas; and, be- 
hold, a greater than Jonas is here"' 
(Luke 11:32). 



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Power for Today 's Needs 



By MRS. ENOLA A. STONE, Bellflower, Calif. 



"Peter therefore was kept in pris- 
on: but prayer was made without 
ceasing of the church unto God for 
him" (Acts 12:5). 

It would seem that Peter was per- 
fectly safe and secure in prison, with 
the usual guard, but the authorities 
seemed to think otherwise, so he was 
chained to two soldiers, and thus 
they were sure that Peter the trou- 
blemaker was safe, and would 
trouble them no more with his talk 
concerning Jesus. 

But there was a quiet force at 
work to bring about his delivery 
from prison. Yes, "Peter . . . was 
kept in prison: but prayer was made 
without ceasing of the church unto 
God for him." 

Of course the church grieved sore- 
ly over the affair. James had al- 
ready been killed by the sword, and 
now Peter, their beloved leader, was 
imprisoned because King Herod saw 
that it pleased the Jews. Peter was 
their shepherd, and his place would 
be hard to fill. Although his impuls- 
ive nature caused him to make many 
mistakes, this same impulsiveness 
made him ever ready to rectify them. 
Oh, if they could only help hiin! 
But what could they do? In their 
distress to whom could they go? 
Just as the needle swings true to 
the pole, so these sorrowing hearts 
turned to Jesus, who had always 
given them the help they needed, 
who had always helped them to bear 
their burdens, who had told them to 
"ask, and it shall be given you." So — 
"prayer was made without ceasing 
of the church unto God for him," 
and every Bible student knows the 
result. "And, behold, the angel of 
the Lord came upon him, and a light 
shined in the prison: and he smote 
Peter on the side, and raised him up, 
saying. Arise up quickly. And his 
chains fell off from his hands" (Acts 
12:7). 

Thus we see what prayer did lor 
Peter and the early church. Will it 
not do as much for us? Some say. 
"That was a miracle, and the day of 
miracles is past." I do not call it a 
miracle when Jesus simply verifies a 
promise. When He said, "Ask, and 



it shall be given you," He meant it. 
When He said, "I will never leave 
thee, nor forsake thee," He meant it. 
When He said, "Lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the 
world," He meant it. Although He 
does not send angels down from 
heaven to open prison doors to set 
convicts free now, He is setting pris- 
oners free every day in answer to 
prayer, and "if the Son therefore 
shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed." 

If we are not in Christ, we are 
bound by a chain of sin far stronger 
than the chains that bound Peter, 
and our jailor is to be dreaded far 
more than his jailer. Peter's jailer 



NEWS BRIEFS 

(ContinxLed jrora Page 202) 

ished paying for their parsonage 
Feb. 1. 

The Grace Church, Altoona, Pa., 
is rapidly nearing completion of its 
new building. They have set May 
22 as Dedication Day. 

At the church in Limestone, Tenn., 
last year there were 11 first-time 
confessions of faith, 17 rededications. 
and one for full-time service. The 
pastor. Rev. Earle Peer, baptized 11 
converts in December. Already this 
year there have been 11 more deci- 
sions for Christ. Offerings at the 
church last year were $1,395.89 more 
than in the previous year. 

Rev. Edward Lewis, pastor at 
Middlebranch, Ohio, will conduct 
evangelistic meetings in the church, 
beginning March 27. There were 
two conversions in the church Sun- 
day evening, March 6. 

Rev. A. D. Cashman is holding 
evangelistic meetings in the Gospel 
Center, Hanover, Mich., March 6-20. 

Rev. Archie Lynn will hold evan- 
gelistic services at the South Gate, 
Calif., church, April 3-10. 

Evangelistic meetings will be held 
in Meyersdale, Pa., April 19 to May 
1. Rev. Dingeman Teuling, chalk 
artist, will be the speaker. 



could kill the body only, but our 
jailer can kill both body and soul. 
But thanks be to God, this same 
Jesus who broke the chains that 
bound Peter, can, in answer to 
prayer, break the chains of sin also. 
The jailer, Satan, beconieg greatly 
disturbed when he sees his convicts, 
by the po^ver of God, breaking free 
in answer to prayer. "The effectual 
fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much." So. let us pray most 
earnestly and sincerely for lost souls 
for whom our Lord died, for there 
is no power on this earth that wor- 
ries Satan so much as the praying 
church. 

"But prayer was made without 
ceasing of the church unto God for 
him." God did His part, and He will 
not fail us if we ask in faith believ- 
ing. Thank God, in our land we do 
not have to suffer from our govern- 
ment for our religious beliefs. I 
just wonder how many of us would 
possess the spiritual backbone to 
meet it? How many of us would be 
able to ' b e a r imprisonment and 
chains for our Lord? 

Our church is having its problems 
now, just as all churches do, and I 
do believe the remedy is the same 
as that of the mother church when 
Peter was imprisoned. Oh, I know 
each of us prays for wisdom and help 
in these problems, but I cannot help 
thinking that if we should band our- 
selves together in prayer for these 
problems we would get results just 
as the church at Jerusalem did. 

"Prayer was made without ceas- 
ing of the church unto God for him 
. . . and, behold, the angel of the 
Lord came upon him, and a light 
shined in the prison . . . and his 
chains fell off from his hands." Peter 
was free, but first the church must 
do her part, and that part was to 
pray, and that without ceasing. We 
feel that our needs as a church are 
so great, and "there is so little I can 
do." But we have a mighty Christ, 
and He can do all things. Our part 
is to "pray without ceasing" as a 
church unto God for what we need 
as a church. How quickly our chains 
will fall off too, just as Peter's did. 
in answer to united prayer. 



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iiev. and Krs. Blaine Snyder 
tfinona Lake. Ind. 



NEWS FROM BRETHREN . . . 

(Continued from Page 205) 

dealt with, and the Brethren faith 
was really introduced to the city in 
a lasting way. This was the first 
evangelistic campaign that this con- 
gregation has had. Many people 
liked the sound stand the Brethren 
take on the great doctrines of the 
Word of God. but when they were 
introduced to Brethren ordinances, 
they drew back in hesitation. Not 
that they definitely rejected thorn, 
but they were so new to them that 
they hesitated to enter the church 
till further study could be made of 
the whole faith. We confidently ex- 
pect many of these very fine Chris- 
tian folks to enter this great work 
for Christ in the very near future. 

Pastor Williams stands very high 
in fundamental circles in the city of 
Yakima. He is very active in Youth 
for Christ and in the ministerial 
group. He has the esteem of hun- 
dreds of the best Christian peonle. 
and he will lead many of them into 
a new-found rest in their faith. It 
was a pleasure to work with him in 
another campaign, and to enjov fel- 
lowship in the home with him. Sister 
Williams, and her father, D. F. Eik- 
enberry, now a retii'ed minister of 
the Brethren Church. 

There is no limit to the possibilities 
of this new congregation if our Lord 
tarries. — R. Pa^ll Miller, evangelist. 



B.Y.F. RALLY— S. E. DISTRICT 

The Southeast District B. Y. F. 
held its regular rally at the Ghent 
Church in Roanoke, Va., Friday 
night, February 11th. Rev. Galen 
Lingenfelter, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, Buena Vista, was 
the principal speaker, and he gave a 
very interesting message. 

There were about 150 young peo- 
ple present, which is a record for 
this disti'ict, and considering we 
have only six churches to draw from, 
we think the percentage of attend- 



ance was very good. The program 
was well planned and was carried 
through with a promptness which 
helped to hold the interest. 

The unusually large attendance, 
the evening message, and the fine 
fellov/ship combined to make this 
meeting one of the most enjoyable 
ever held in our district, and it was 
surely an inspiration to be there. At 
the conclusion of the program we all 
retired to the church basement for 
light refreshments. — F a y t h Ann 
Conner. 



A GIANT FOR CHRIST 

Jim Mclntyre, 6 foot. 9 inch bas- 
ketball star at Minnesota, has signed 
up with Youth for Christ Interna- 
tional as an associate field represen- 
tative. Although he set new scoring 
records at Minnesota, and has been 
offered a great future in professional 
basketball, he plans to enter the 
ministry. 



FUNDAMENTALISM'S CANCER 

Born-again Christians need to he 
taiLght ethics. 

We are not doing that today. We 
are teaching the doctrine of the 
Scriptures, but we are teaching it 
as distinct from the Scriptural life. 
Knowing the words is more impor- 
tant than living the Word. Thus we 
have become as the hypocrites of 
old, whited sepulchies full of dead 
men's bones. We tithe mint and 
anise and cummin and omit the 
weightier matters of obedience to 
Christ's law of love. 

It may be that the time has now 
come for another great church coun- 
cil of evangelical Christians to dis- 
cuss, not the heresy of unbelief con- 
cerning the divinity of Christ, as did 
the Arian Council of old, but the 
heresy of Christian lawlessness, 
which is our great present-day 
problem. Prophetic conferences have 
their place: Bible teaching confer- 
ences are imperative; but they are 
of little value unless we frankly face 
the great underlying cancer that is 
eating away the vitals of Funda- 
mentalism. — Editorial in Moody 
Monthly. 



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